ORIGINAL REPORTING: Stop, collaborate and listen: California works the details of bringing on distributed energy
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: This work is proceeding slowly but seriously as the urgency of integrating distributed energy resources to deal with California’s peak demand grows.
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). 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. A working group led by think tank More Than Smart (MTS), which included the IOUs, CAISO, and DER providers, released the paper at the end of the first year of a multi-year effort. The 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