Fundamentals of Distributed Resource (DER) System Planning
What Utilities and Other Power Organizations Need to Know to Adjust Their System Planning
October 23-24, 2017
San Francisco, CA

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Overview

The growth of distributed generation (DG) and distributed energy resources (DERs) is challenging many of the assumptions upon which traditional utility system planning relies.  In many regions already, DER penetration is reaching levels at which it has a measurable impact on system planning and operations. For example, DERs are creating two-way power flows on the distribution and transmission grids that legacy equipment was not designed for.  DERs are also confounding conventional load forecast methodologies and complicating system modeling by introducing new kinds of generation sources or modifying load profiles.

DER adoption is driven by three major developments:

  1. Advances in technologies that accommodate multi-directional, rather than uni-directional, power flows
  2. Fundamental shifts in generation, distribution and transmission grid profiles
  3. Changing, “more democratic” concepts about the relationship between utility service models and customer pricing

DERs, though, are not just one thing; rather, they are many things.  Therefore, a treatment of the system impacts of DER must address several elements that comprise DERs, and how they produce different impacts. This program is intended to collect — in one forum — the content necessary for utilities, load-serving entities (LSEs), grid operators, project developers and others to develop their own internal system for evaluating the impact of DG and DER development on their system(s).  It will provide a useful cross-disciplinary blueprint for reference, adaptation and refinement.

Learning Outcomes

Through presentations and panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity at this course to consider the following elements as to how distributed energy resources (DER) are changing utility and power industry norms:

  • Evaluate the different types and classes of DERs and their special requirements
  • Identify the operational differences between renewable and conventional energy DERs
  • Review regulatory matters that determine how DERs are governed on a jurisdictional basis
  • Examine long-term planning assessment and analysis that properly incorporates DERs
  • Discuss challenges that DERs present to existing utility compacts/business models and what options are available to address these issues
  • Assess system data access and transparency requirements to facilitate DERs
  • Evaluate operational tools required for real-time DER modeling and forecasting
  • Discuss DER interconnection issues at the distribution, sub-transmission and transmission levels

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

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

Instructional Methods

Case studies and PowerPoint presentations will be used in this program.

Agenda

Monday, October 23, 2017

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. :: Welcome, Overview and Introductions


8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Types and Characteristics of DERs

  • Types
    • PV
    • Energy storage
    • Electric vehicles
    • Combined heat & power (CHP)
    • Turbines, generators and reciprocating engines
    • Microgrids
    • Virtual power plants (VPPs)
    • Demand side management
  • Size and location
    • Regional power system considerations
    • Proximity/relationship to distribution utility
  • Primary generation (of offset) time of day

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)


9:00 – 9:45 a.m. :: DER Development and Control

  • Applicable technologies and resources
    • Renewables
    • Non-renewables
    • Both of the above with and without storage
    • Storage (standalone)
    • DSM
  • Classes
    • Customer-developed
    • Utility-developed
    • Continuum of self-supply to grid-supply
    • Behind-the-meter
    • Utility side-of-the-meter
  • Interconnection aspects
    • Distribution level
    • Sub-transmission level
    • Transmission level

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Morning Break


10:00 – 11:00 a.m. :: DER System-Level and Interconnection Aspects

  • System profile recognition
  • System layer analysis
  • Interconnection practices and rules
  • Drivers
  • Operational considerations and experience

Dr. Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS)


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: How DER System Analysis Differs from Traditional Distribution System Analysis

  • Power flow
  • Power quality
  • Fault
  • Dynamic

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. :: Challenges to Existing Utility Compact/Business Model

  • Reduced system operational transparency
  • System stability and protection
  • Load (and corresponding revenue) reduction
  • Cost / value methodology selection and analysis
  • Cost / value application and imposition process
  • Cost allocation provisions and measures
  • Tariffs and market designs
  • Utility rate structures
  • Risk evaluation and planning w/respect to reliability

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)


1:45 – 2:15 p.m. :: Jurisdictional and Market Design Matters

  • DERs operating in wholesale markets
  • DERs operating in traditional vertically-integrated (non-markets) utilities’ service territories
    • Enabling legislation and state utility oversight governance
    • FERC
    • NERC
    • ISO/RTO
  • DERs in public owned utilities’ service territories
  • Transactive energy concepts

Abhishek Somani, Senior Research Economist – Electricity Infrastructure Integration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


2:15 – 3:15 p.m. :: Transforming Utility Business Models and Development Scenarios

  • Why we need a grid
  • 6 Different 2030 utility visions
    • From fat to skinny
  • Case studies
    • Hawaii, California and New York
  • Full Value Tariff
    • Ratemaking in 2030
  • Retail choice drives skinny utility model
  • Where do non-utility models fit in?
    • Third-party (collaboration)
    • Third-party (market-imposed)

Dr. Jeremy Hargreaves, Managing Consultant, Energy+Environmental Economics (E3)

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. :: Afternoon Break


3:30 – 4:45 p.m. :: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Integrating Distributed PV onto Distribution Systems

  • Issues with allocating costs and benefits to PV
    • The current understanding of distribution system costs associated with DPV
    • Framework for assessing costs of distribution system upgrades required for maintaining grid reliability in the presence of PV
    • Identifying the key drivers of distribution system upgrade costs
    • Clarifying the difference between distribution upgrade costs and interconnection costs, as well as the difference between the cost to integrate PV onto the bulk power and distribution systems
    • Taxonomy of distribution system upgrades that may be required to integrate PV, outlining a bottom-up approach for calculating distribution upgrade costs on a specific feeder as a function of penetration level
  • Assigning numbers to required system upgrades
    • Terminology for distribution system costs that recognizes the lack of a single standard set of costs
    • Utilizing a cost database
    • Determining what a system component’s value is
    • How to access it

Kelsey Horowitz, Techno Economic Analyst – Clean Energy Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

4:45 p.m. :: Program Adjourns for Day


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast


8:15 – 9:00 a.m. :: System Data Access, Transparency and Utilization

  • Systems integration and engineering analysis
  • Grid impact and optimization
  • Customer information and program optimization
  • Market strategies development
  • Locational value of DERs

Dan Wilson, Manager – Distributed Energy, Management Consulting, Black & Veatch


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Strategic Planning: Long-term Assessment and Analysis

  • Determining impact studies required
  • System power flow modeling
  • Hosting capacity requirements and availability
  • Distribution and bulk power systems’ impacts
  • Mitigation measures identification for protection/safety limit violations
  • Valuing locational costs and benefits
  • Monitoring and control options and requirements
  • Infrastructure deployment and system awareness
  • Utility-driven vs third-party-driven installations
  • Revenue (reduction) modeling

Dave O’Connor, Solution Lead for Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch

Dan Wilson, Manager – Distributed Energy, Management Consulting, Black & Veatch

Dr. Jeremy Hargreaves, Managing Consultant, Energy+Environmental Economics (E3)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 2:30 p.m. :: Operational Tools Required

  • Real-time modeling, forecasting and scenario balancing
    • System impacts
    • Load shape
    • Utility rate structures
    • Customer adoption rate
    • Relationship of incentives to load shapes
    • Mitigation considerations
    • ADMS systems
    • Solar impact studies

Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS)


2:30 – 3:30 p.m. :: Non-Solar DER Deployment Trends

  • Microgrid development trends
  • Plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle infrastructure – trends and emerging markets
  • Behind-the-meter battery storage deployment

Jagmeet Khangura, Western Region Microgrid Lead, Black & Veatch

Paul Stith, Dir – Strategy & Innovation for Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. :: Open Forum Discussion of DER Integration Issues

4:30 p.m. :: Program Adjourns

Instructors

Dr. Jeremy Hargreaves, Managing Consultant, Energy+Environmental Economics (E3)

Dr. Daniel Haughton, Director – DER Integration & Analysis, Arizona Public Service (APS)

Kelsey Horowitz, Techno Economic Analyst – Clean Energy Technologies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Jagmeet Khangura, Western Region Microgrid Lead, Black & Veatch

Dave O’Connor, Solution Lead for Distributed Generation, Black & Veatch

Abhishek Somani, Senior Research Economist – Electricity Infrastructure Integration, Pacific Northwest National

Tom Stanton, Principal Researcher – Energy & Environment, National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI)

Paul Stith, Dir – Strategy & Innovation for Transformative Technologies, Black & Veatch

Dan Wilson, Manager – Distributed Energy, Management Consulting, Black & Veatch

Location

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
1800 Old Bayshore Hwy
Burlingame, CA 94010

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