FUNDAMENTALS OF DISTRIBUTED RESOURCE (DER) SYSTEM PLANNING, LEXINGTON, FEBRUARY 12-13, 2019
The growth of distributed generation (DG) and distributed energy resources (DERs) is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility system planning relies. In many regions already, DER penetration is reaching levels at which it has a measurable impact on system planning and operations. For example, DERs are creating two-way power flows on the distribution and transmission grids that legacy equipment was not designed for. DERs are also confounding conventional load forecast methodologies and complicating system modeling by introducing new kinds of generation sources or modifying load profiles.
DER adoption is driven by three major developments:
DERs, though, are not just one thing; rather, they are many things. Therefore, a treatment of the system impacts of DER must address several elements that comprise DERs, and how they produce different impacts.
This program is a primer. It is intended to collect — in one forum — the content necessary for utilities, load-serving entities (LSEs), grid operators, project developers and others to develop their own internal system for evaluating the impact of DG and DER development on their system(s). It is not intended to be an advocacy forum for or against the adoption of these technologies, nor for their implementation. Nor is it intended to offer detailed instruction in the analytical instruments referenced during the program. It will, however, provide a useful cross-disciplinary blueprint for reference, adaptation and refinement.
Through presentations and panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity at this course to consider the following elements as to how distributed energy resources (DER) are changing utility and power industry norms: