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Fundamentals of Distributed Resource (DER) System Planning 2019

Tue, February 12 - Wed, February 13, 2019 Lexington, Kentucky
Hyatt Regency Lexington 401 W High St Lexington, Kentucky 40507 United States +1 859-253-1234

About Fundamentals of Distributed Resource (DER) System Planning 2019

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:

  1. Advances in technologies that accommodate multi-directional, rather than uni-directional, power flows
  2. Fundamental shifts in generation, distribution and transmission grid profiles
  3. Changing, “more democratic” concepts about the relationship between utility service models and customer pricing

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  • Evaluate the different types and classes of DERs and their special requirements
  • Identify the operational differences between renewable and conventional energy DERs
  • Review regulatory matters that determine how DERs are governed on a jurisdictional basis
  • Examine long-term planning assessment and analysis that properly incorporates DERs
  • Discuss challenges that DERs present to existing utility compacts/business models and what options are available to address these issues
  • Assess system data access and transparency requirements to facilitate DERs
  • Evaluate operational tools required for real-time DER modeling and forecasting

 

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