Evolving Grid Operations

Grid operations are critical to the safe, reliable, and efficient delivery of electricity. Currently, distribution operators and regional transmission operators (RTOs) do not consistently have visibility and situational awareness of the location, status, and output of DERs. In the future, as DERs continue to grow in number and magnitude, T&D operators will need to establish and/or improve coordination and communication with each other in new ways to maintain reliable operation of their respective systems, and with the electric system as a whole. This section includes resilience, reliability, large customers, and electric vehicles.

Resources listed below are split between being either (1) an example of an approach, policy, or pilot project, or (2) a resource for either implementation or the marketplace of ideas (e.g., “Planning – Example,” “Planning – Resource,” “Markets – Resource”).

Note: Inclusion in the T&D Resource Catalog should not be constructed as an endorsement of the source or of the contents therein by NCEP, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NCEP’s administrator), or the U.S. Department of Energy (NCEP’s funder).

Operations: Example Policies and Pilot Projects

Date

Publisher

Title

Resource Type

Region Proxy

2015-10

Smart Energy
Consumer Collaborative

Why Smart Inverters and Its Standards Are Important To You!

Article

National

2019-09, last
accessed

California Public
Utilities Commission

California Rule 21 On
Interconnection

Website

CAISO

2018-02

IEEE

IEEE 1547-2018
Interconnection Standard

Report

 

National

2015-04

IEEE

IEEE 1547 Standard and Conformity Assessment

Report

National

2018-04

ISO-NE

Earth Day 2018: Setting Regional Solar and Wind Power Records In New England

Blog

ISO-NE

2019-09, last
accessed

Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Small Generator Interconnection Standards (2016)

Docket

National

2018-06

Nevada
Independent

Station Casinos, Biofuels Company Apply To Leave NV Energy

Article

WECC

2017-07

Geekwire

Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy Get Ok For Clean-Energy Deal To Help Power Software
Giant’s Campus

Article

WECC

2017-07

Washington
Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC)

State Regulators Green Light Microsoft-PSE Renewable Energy Contract

Press Release

WECC

2019-11, last
accessed

California Public
Utility Commission (CPUC)

Smart Inverter Working
Group

Website

CAISO

2013-10

Electric Energy
Online Magazine

How SMUD Deals With Big Data: Correlate, Analyze and Visualize It — SMUD Implements Situational Intelligence To Facilitate Faster, Smarter Decisions

Article

CAISO

2019-09, last accessed

University of Minnesota
Technical Assistance Project

Wastewater Treatment Plant Project: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Generation

Website

MISO

2018-02

CenterPoint
Energy

Texas Strong: Hurricane Harvey Response and Restoration

Presentation

ERCOT

2018-11, last
accessed

U.S. Department
of Energy – Better Buildings

Combined
Heat and Power For Resiliency Accelerator

Website

National

2018-11, last
accessed

Florida Power
& Light (FPL)

How We Prepare

Website

Southeast

2018-05

Florida Power
& Light (FPL)

First Responders, Along With State and National Stakeholders, Join FPL For Its Annual Storm Drill

Press Release

Southeast

2015-10

U.S. Department
of Energy

Climate Change and
The U.S. Energy Sector: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Solutions

Report

National

2019-12, last
accessed

Smart Electric
Power Alliance (SEPA)

Plug & Play
DER Challenge

Project

National

Operations: Resources and References

Date

Publisher

Title

Resource Type

Region Proxy

2017-06

California-ISO

Coordination of Transmission and Distribution Operations In a High Distributed Energy
Resource Electric Grid

Report

CAISO

2018-02

Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission Staff

DER Technical Considerations for the Bulk Power System

Report

National

2014-05

National Rural
Energy Cooperative Association

Cost and Benefits of Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) Warrants Careful
Examination

Report

National

2017-03

Idaho National
Lab

Helping Operators Implement Line
Rating

Report

National

2019-11, last
accessed

Electricity
Infrastructure Security Council

Electric Infrastructure
Protection (E-PRO) Handbook
s

Website

National

2019-11, last
accessed

Louisiana
Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

Website

Southeast

2006-03

Wiley and Sons
(Ted Lewis, Professor of Computer Science)

Critical Infrastructure Protection in Homeland Security

Report

National

2019-03

North American
Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Grid Security Exercise (GridEx) IV Lessons Learned (cyber and physical attacks)

Report

National

2018-05

Gridworks

Coordination Of Transmission and Distribution Operations In A High Distributed Energy
Resource Electric Grid
, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

Hawaii Public
Service Commission

Evolving Transmission and Distribution System Operations: A Hawai‘i Snapshot, NCEP
Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

New Jersey Board
of Public Utilities

Presentation on Resiliency and Transmission Reliability Issues, NCEP Annual Meeting
2018

Presentation

PJM

2018-05

New Jersey Board
of Public Utilities

Transmission and Distribution Interface for Resilience, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

PJM

2018-05

Midcontinent
Independent System Operator (MISO)

Presentation on MISO’s Efforts on Resiliency, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-06

Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission

Agenda for Technical Conference for Docket Nos. RM18-9-000 and AD18-10-000

Website

National

2018-05

Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Notice: Participation of Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators;
Notice Inviting Post-Technical Conference Comments

Docket

National

2019-09

IEEE Power and
Energy Magazine

Grid Architecture Volume 17 – Number 5 – September/October 2019

Article

National

2018-09

Energy Networks
Association

Open Networks Future Worlds: Developing change options to facilitate energy Decarbonization,
Digitization, and Decentralisation

Report

International

2019-09

Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL) and Newport Consulting

Grid Architecture: Physical System, Operating Essentials and Coordination
Principles, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Duke Energy

Integrated System and Operations Planning (ISOP) Overview, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Public Utility
Commission of Texas

Distributed Energy Resources, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

MPR Associates

Communications Across the Grid: using Smart Inverters to Standardize Visibility and Lower
Costs at the Grid Edge, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

WiredGroup

Communications Across the Grid: Investor-Owned Utility Communication Networks: Recent
Developments for Regulator Consideration, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Burns & McDonnell

Communications Across the Grid: Interoperability, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Lorenzo Kristov

Communications Across the Grid: The What and Why of C-D-T Communications, NCEP Annual
Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Stem

Examples of Communication Network Coordination: DER Communications Policy Themes, NCEP
Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Minnesota Public
Utility Commission

Examples
of Communication Network Coordination: Minnesota Statewide Interconnection
Standards Update – Interoperability Considerations with IEEE 1547-2018, NCEP
Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

Organization of
MISO States

Examples
of Communication Network Coordination: DER Communication from Customer to
RTO, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National

2019-09

IEEE

Examples
of Communication Network Coordination: ICAP Program Pilot Projects – IEEE
1547 Conformity Assessment, NCEP Annual Meeting 2019

Presentation

National