51st State Ideas I 21st century Distribution System Operator Utilities (Clean Coalition)
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51st State Ideas I 21st century Distribution System Operator Utilities (Clean Coalition)

  • Describes how utilities could take on a distribution system operator role
  • Provides the roles and responsibilities of the distribution system operator utility
  • Details the profound impacts of the distribution system operator model on the regulatory landscape

Clean Coalition Calls for Utilities to Adapt to new DER Technology

Splitting Distribution from Transmission to Create 21st Century Distribution System Operator Utilities with a Hybrid Infrastructure-services business model

This paper describes the Clean Coalition vision for a distribution system operator role for the utility. This position would make the utility the grid’s balancing authority, scheduling all generation. It also would provide the platform for third parties to offer services and the infrastructure to connect these services. In line with this, the utility would assume its current role in maintaining wires and poles.

Author: Doug Karpa, Clean Coalition

This report was not written by or originated from any member of SEPA staff and SEPA does not endorse any opinions expressed in this paper.

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