By - Jon Brown

The Impacts of Behind the Meter (BTM) Storage on Utility Operations
January 28, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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The electricity system is changing, from the way we generate power to the way we distribute and use it. All grid-tied energy systems are situated either “in front of the meter” or “behind the meter” (BTM). Multiple factors including high demand charges, reliance on solar, changes to energy tariffs and lower storage costs has enabled BTM storage to surpass front-of-meter capacity. Distributed energy like BTM is creating significant challenges for the utility industry that has been built on steady baseload power generation from centrally located facilities sent over an established distribution grid.

There have been several interesting trends on the behind-the-meter side. One of them being increased applications for reliability and the management for personal, medium, and large consumers in the commercial/industrial sector. And then, there is also some growing traction on switching residential customers to time-backed rates. This course will tackle the multiple ways in which utilities are tackling BTM and adapting their operating practices to accommodate the changes to keep business functioning as usual.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review what behind the meter (BTM) is and why it is so important now
  • Identify how BTM is useful for residential, commercial & industrial and on campus
  • Discuss off-grid storage for microgrids
  • Review why a utility should consider deploying BTM
  • Discuss the process for installing storage
  • Review installations in various countries including the U.S., Australia, China and Europe
  • Review safety and installation protocols



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Requirements For Successful Completion Of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

A PowerPoint presentation will be used in this online program through Microsoft Teams.


Thursday, January 28, 2021 : Central Standard Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In and Welcome

9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing (short breaks in the morning and afternoon)

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.:: Overview and Introductions

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Behind the Meter Storage – What is it?

Why Now?

      • Falling costs (depending on type)
      • Increased productization
      • Enabling regulatory environment FERC 841/2/5 & FERC 2222
      • Discussion of tax credits
      • Increasing locations with both electric vehicles and photovoltaics
      • Fewer locations and lower limits on net energy metering


      • What is it useful for?
      • What are the limits to the size of storage?
      • What are the uses and payback for the customer?
      • What is the advantage to the utility?
      • What types of storage are useable?

Small Commercial and Industrial

      • What is it useful for?
      • What are the limits to the size of storage?
      • What are the uses and payback for the customer?
      • What is the advantage to the utility?
      • What types of storage are useable?

Large Industrial and Campus

      • What is it useful for?
      • What are the uses and payback for the customer?
      • What is the advantage to the utility?
      • What types of storage are useable?
      • Calculating demand reduction storage size
      • Calculating VPP storage size
      • Calculating back up generation size

Off-grid Storage for Microgrids

      • How to think about storage
      • Matching storage with renewables
      • Winter night, not summer peak will be the challenge

Why Should a Utility Consider Deploying Behind the Meter Storage?

      • Non-wires alternatives
      • Resiliency
      • Distributed generation (PV mostly) management
      • Charging electric vehicles

Process for Installing Storage

  • Business case/cost/benefit analysis
  • Application for interconnection
    • Typically follows the same process as renewables
    • May require additional information
  • May require additional relays
  • Engineering and installation
  • Construction
  • Permitting
  • Inspection
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Other things to think about


    • Australia
    • China
    • US – Michigan, Hawaii, and California
    • Europe – Netherlands

Safety and Installation

    • NFPA 70-2020 (National Electric Code)
    • NFPA 855 (Stationary Storage)
    • UL-9540A
    • Energy Storage Association Guidelines
    • Considerations on risk by storage type (Liability)
    • Insurance Carrier riders



Doug Houseman, Utility Modernization Lead, Burns & McDonnell

Doug Houseman is a long-time industry veteran who is a member of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, and a NIST Resiliency Fellow. He has been working on storage issues since 1980, when he was involved with several DOD projects.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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