Beyond The Meter: Planning the Distributed Energy Future, Volume I
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Beyond The Meter: Planning the Distributed Energy Future, Volume I

  • Practical framework for distribution planning utilities
  • Insight from sector leaders on challenges and successes
  • Tools to better understand customer needs

Volume I: Emerging electric utility distribution planning practices for distributed energy resources

The traditional distribution system planning framework is no longer sufficient to ensure grid reliability as distributed energy resource (DER) penetration increases.

Changes are driven by the customer seeking new choices around energy, technological development leading to lower costs and better performance, and new policies and regulatory proceedings. The transition to a higher-DER grid is requiring utilities and utility customers to embrace DERs in many forms.

A new distribution system planning framework is emerging among utilities seeking to proactively plan for DER integration.

This report provides a practical framework to become a proactive distribution planning utility. Five investor-owned and public power utilities shared their drive, progress, and challenges when planning and proactively integrating distributed energy resources within their distribution system.

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