DER Fundamentals Three Part Series

Technologies, Planning, and Optimization

Only 50 seats are available, first-come-first-serve, to ensure an interactive environment.

Live Event

Part Three: Resource Planning and Optimization

December 3 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Program Outline

In the third of three parts, you’ll learn about the regulatory framework that governs DER behavior and compensation and maximizing the benefits of DERs. Download the full program outline  (PDF).

  1. Assigning value to DERs in the resource planning process including the increasing value of optionality in a rapidly evolving ecosystem.
  2. Best planning practices for grid operators incorporating renewables and DERs that include: understanding potential and limitations
  3. Effective program design
  4. Policy and rate structures
  5. The increasing need for an evolving grid architecture
  6. The visible future –  the case of Hawaii


If you can’t get a spot in the live event or can’t make it, you can purchase the on-demand recording.

On-Demand Recordings Coming Soon

Part One: Making the case for DERs

Program Outline

In the first of three parts, you’ll discover the residential and commercial DER technologies in use, cyber-security concerns, and more. Download the full program outline (PDF).

  1. How bulk power markets work. The dispatch curve for competitive and vertically integrated markets.
  2. The concept of marginal costs, and characterization of various energy resources (nuclear, Coal, natural gas, solar, wind, energy storage)
  3. How the competitive markets work, are priced, the products, the participants, and what gets bought and sold.
  4. The distribution grid – current inefficiencies, reliability issues, and constraints
  5. The customer view
  6. The challenge of integrating intermittent renewable resources and decarbonizing the grid
  7. How DERs can play a role, and illustrative use cases on demand management, hot water heating, and virtual power plants.


Part Two: Identifying and Qualifying the Resources

November 19 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Program Outline

In the second of three parts, you’ll discover the residential and commercial DER technologies in use, cyber-security concerns, and more. Download the full program outline (PDF).

  1. The technologies
    1. Commercial
    2.  Residential
  2. Qualifying the resources use case
  3. Aggregation
    1. Communication and coordination among various assets from multiple vendors
    2. Remote monitoring and state of readiness
    3. Dispatch and portfolio management – vendor control vs utility control
  4. Cyber-security concerns
    1. The risk of connecting IT to operational technology/SCADA, and the risk of large populations of distributed assets to the distribution and bulk power system

Understanding distributed energy resources (DERs) is critical to succeeding in an ever-changing energy sector, racing towards a carbon-free future. If you find yourself turning to search engines more often than you would like or you need to know how DERs fit into the modern energy market, join SEPA for a small online class. Meet your instructor: Peter Kelly-Detwiler, a strategist and communicator on on the rapid pace of transformation to a sustainable energy economy with over 300 articles published on Forbes.com.

Gain a fundamental understanding of:

  • How DERs function in the marketplace
  • Why DERs are increasingly important
  • DER technologies
  • The regulatory framework that governs DER behavior and compensation. 

Pricing

Full (3) Series
Best Value! Attend all 3 live sessions and access the on-demand recordings.
Member/Non: $349/$425
2 Sessions
Choose 2 sessions in this 3 part series.
Member/Non: $299/$349
1 Session
Choose 1 of the 3 sessions available.
Member/Non: $199/$249