ORIGINAL REPORTING: California Grid Users Collaborate to Streamline Communication Systems
Stop, collaborate and listen: California stakeholders want to open electric system communications; IOUs, DER providers and CAISO collaborate on streamlining communications for higher DER penetration
Herman K. Trabish, June 22, 2017 (Utility Dive)
Editor’s note: Since this story ran, plans and work to streamline distribution system automation and move to a self-healing grid have accelerated across the country.
An unprecedented collaboration between California’s grid operator, its investor-owned utilities, and third-party distributed resource providers could streamline electric system communications in preparation for higher distributed energy resource penetration. The groundbreaking work maps out plans to interconnect the bulk transmission system to distributed energy resources (DERs) through utility-operated distribution systems, achieving a new level of communication between the transmission system operator, the distribution system operator, and the DER provider.
Technology advances and customer demand are transforming the electric power, according to a newly-released report from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and other stakeholders. DERs are beginning to reach significant penetration levels on the emerging decentralized system, and are on their way to becoming key resources, the paper noted. The working group’s objective is to resolve operational challenges preventing transmission operators and distribution operators from working with private sector developers to meet consumer demand for DER… click here for more