Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA)

June 23, 2020


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - Central Time

9:40 – 10:00 a.m. :: Log In & Sign-On to E-Learning

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

  1. Hosting Capacity Analysis (HCA) – Overview and Define
  2. Management of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
    1. How DERs affect the entire electric system
    2. Criteria for DER interconnection
  3. How HCA Fits in With:
    1. Distribution system planning (short and long-term)
    2. Location choice of DERs
    3. Managing load and growth on the distribution grid
  4. How HCA can Improve Interconnection and Integration of DERs
    1. Improve back-log of interconnection requests and system studies
    2. Provide better information for customers = better customer relationships
  5. Key Goals of Implementing HCA for Distribution System Analysis
    1. Identifying how many DERs can be added to any interconnection point on the system
    2. Determining where DERs can cost-effectively serve the system
    3. Identifying best sites for future development of DERs
    4. Obtaining locational views
  6. Finding the Right Method for HCA on a Particular System
    1. Determining the difficulty of actually doing a HCA
    2. Developing proper analytical tools for your system
  7. Hosting Capacity Maps (HCM)
    1. Overview of HCMs
    2. Determining the values in HCMs
    3. What violations are looked at when creating a HCMs
    4. Utilizing heat maps in conjunction with HCMs
  8. Using Heat Maps in Conjunction with HCA
    1. Identifying areas of pending and installed generation
    2. Working around congested areas
  9. Hosting Capacity Results Analysis
    1. How small changes in setting up feeders can dramatically change results
    2. Other considerations besides feeder hosting capacity
  10. Visibility and Control of DERs – Best Practices
    1. Methods to increase hosting capacity on distribution feeders


Steve Steffel, Manager - Regional Capacity Planning for Distributed Energy Resources, Pepco Holdings (Exelon)

Steve Steffel has been working with Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI) since 1984 in various positions in Engineering Standards, System Operations, Substation Switchman Training, Transmission and Distribution Planning, and Distributed Energy Resources Planning and Analytics.  The focus in DERP&A has been to analyze and plan for the interconnection of various types of distributed generation on the distribution grid, develop and maintain criteria, deploy new electric system modeling tools, prepare and present papers and presentations on the impact of PV on the grid and work with Public Service Commission personnel, the Regional Transmission Operator, and public officials and industry professionals.  In addition, efforts have also focused on collaboration with industry partners and the DOE in finding new solutions for hosting renewables.

Vladyslav Anderson, Electrical Engineer, Pepco Holdings (Exelon)


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