PLMA announces the publication of

The Future of Distributed Energy Resources

A PLMA Practitioner PerspectivesTM Compendium

The Future of Distributed Energy Resources cover

Where do today's load management activities - including demand response , energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs - fit in a distributed energy resource (DER) future of non-wires alternatives, storage and more? This compendium details eight industry initiatives where leading utilities are partnering with their customers and allies to demonstrate the path to a more integrated approach to DERs.

The initiatives detailed in this Compendium are:

Planning/Foundational Category
Defined as those utilities taking bold steps to leapfrog pilots/technology straight to integrative planning and procuring, and change management.

  • Hawaiian Electric's Integrated Grid Planning, Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Distributed Resource & Flexible Load Study, Portland General Electric and Navigant
  • Integrating DER planning, Research and Program Development, Tacoma Power

“DR Plus” Category
Defined as customer-sited assets (with or without involvement of an aggregator) to monetize DER operations for utility/grid benefits to a growing spectrum of network problems.

  • Deriving New Wholesale Market Revenue Opportunities and Maximizing Customer Utility Savings with Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources, Center for Sustainable Energy, Tesla, Conectric Networks, and Olivine
  • Expanding National Grid’s ConnectedSolutions program to Include Energy Storage, Sunrun, EnergyHub, and National Grid

Microgrids Category
Defined as customer-sited assets that have great degrees of flexibility and opportunity for monetization.

  • Microgrid Enables Military Facility to Participate in Utility Services, Eaton
  • Energy Storage and Microgrid Performance in Non-Wires Solutions and Other Demand Management Programs, Enel X

International Category

  • First Movers in DER in Colombia, U.S. Energy Association

This Compendium's primary audience is senior utility executives with DER responsibilities, but the publication is made available for free to all who are interested. These articles were peer-reviewed by PLMA Thought Leadership Planning Group and PLMA DER Integration Group members.


3 Ways to Explore the
Future of DER Compendium

Download the Compendium
Register for Dialogue on May 2
Attend 39th PLMA Conference Presentation on May 14

 

May 2
Load Management Dialogue

On May 2, Join PLMA for an online Load Management Dialogue to share key insights from the PLMA DER Integration and Thought Leadership Group Co-chairs into PLMA's newest publication: Future of Distributed Energy Resources: A Practitioner's Perspective."

The Compendium's case studies were peer-reviewed by PLMA Thought Leadership Planning Group and PLMA DER Integration Group members. The Group's cochairs who will join the online Dialogue on May 2 are:

Rich PhilipRichard Philip
Duke Energy
& PLMA Thought Leadership Co-Chair
Jenny RoehmJenny Roehm
Schneider Electric
& PLMA Thought Leadership Co-Chair
Rich BaroneRichard Barone
Hawaiian Electric 
Company
& PLMA DER Integration Co-Chair
Matt CarlsonMatt Carlson
Aquanta
& PLMA DER Integration Co-Chair
John PowersJohn Powers
Extensible Energy
& PLMA DER Integration Co-Chair

 

May 14
39th PLMA Conference Panel Discussion

On May 14 in Minneapolis, this Compendium will be the discussion topic for the opening panel at the 39th PLMA Conference in Minneapolis. Learn more about the conferece at www.peakload.org/39th-plma-conference. The panel will include:

Rich PhilipRichard Philip
Duke Energy
& PLMA Thought Leadership Co-Chair
Michael Brown, Berkshire Hathaway, NV EnergyMichael Brown
Berkshire Hathaway, NV Energy
& PLMA Chair
Rich BaroneRichard Barone
Hawaiian Electric 
Company
& PLMA DER Integration Co-Chair
John PowersJohn Powers
Extensible Energy
& PLMA DER Integration Co-Chair