Planning for a More Integrated Grid

Careful planning of new transmission and distribution infrastructure is critical for the successful integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) to the distribution system without negatively impacting the bulk power system. Several pilot projects and policy approaches have been used to support planning of Transmission and Distribution (T&D) infrastructure. This section includes energy efficiency.

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).

Planning: Example Approaches, Policies, and Pilot Projects

Date

Publisher

Title

Resource Type

Region Proxy

2015-08

Electric
Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

Concept Paper On Distributed Energy Resources In The ERCOT Region

Report

ERCOT

2016-06

Acadia Center,
Joint Utilities

NWA Suitability Criteria, For Joint Utilities Distribution System Planning Engagement Group

Presentation

NE-ISO

2016-07

Joint Utilities
Distribution System Planning Engagement Group

Summary Of Stakeholder Engagement Group Meetings On NWA Suitability

Presentation

NYISO

2016-10

The Sacramento
Bee

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Man Who Says SMUD Smart Meters Are Health Hazard

Article

CAISO

2017-01

NYISO

NYISO Report On Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap For New York’s Wholesale Electricity Markets

Report

NYISO

2017-04

Great River
Energy

2018-2032 Integrated Resource Plan

Report

MISO

2017-05

Xcel Energy

Xcel Advanced Grid Intelligence & Security Filing

Docket

WECC

2017-07

Denver Post

Xcel Energy Gets Go-Ahead To Modernize Power Grid and Recoup Costs

Article

WECC

2017-11

Xcel, Minnesota
PUC

Re: Residential Time Of Use Rate Design Pilot Program
Docket No. E002/M-17-775

Docket

MISO

2017-12

Utility Dive

Has Xcel Minnesota Designed The Ideal Residential Time-Of-Use Rate?

Article

MISO

2018-01

San Diego Gas and
Electric (SDGE)

Borrego
Springs’s Claim To Energy Fame: A Microgrid That Enhances Reliability

Article

CAISO

2018-03

ICF

Idea Of “Suitability Criteria” Paves The Way For NWA

Blog

National

2018-03

CAISO

California ISO 2017-18 Transmission Plan

Report

CAISO

2018-03

PV Magazine

CAISO Approves Clean Energy, Storage, and System Upgrades To Replace Peaker Plant

Article

CAISO

2018-03

Hawaiian Electric
Company (HECO)

HECO Integrated Grid Planning Report

Report

Other

2018-05

Maryland Public
Service Commission

Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) Approval Of Time-Varying Rates

Docket

PJM

2018-05

Forbes

America’s Utility Of The Future Forms Around
Performance-Based Regulation

Article

National

2018-05

Star Tribune

Xcel Wins Approval For Pilot Program For Rates Varying By Time Of Day

Article

MISO

2018-08

Connexus Energy

Connexus Energy’s Innovative Solar Plus Storage Project
Under Construction

Press Release

MISO

2018-11

Smart Electric
Power Alliance (SEPA), E4TheFuture, and the Peak Load Management Association

Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies From Leading US Projects

Report

National

2019-09

NYISO

NYISO Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Landing Page

Website

NYISO

2019-09, last
accessed

Hawaiian Electric
Company (HECO)

HECO Grid Modernization Strategy Filing

Docket

Other

2019-09, last
accessed

Lawrence Berkley National
Lab

Microgrids Landing Page

Website

National

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Planning Resources and References

Date

Publisher

Title

Resource Type

Region Proxy

2019-09, last
access

California ISO
(CAISO)

Distributed Energy Resource Provider (DERP)

Website

CAISO

2017-02

California ISO
(CAISO)

CAISO Comments To FERC On Storage Participation In Markets

Docket

National

2017-06

Organization of
MISO States (OMS)

OMS Approach On Distributed Energy Resources

Report

MISO

2014-08

New York ISO
(NYISO)

NYISO DER Study

Presentation

NYISO

2017-03

US Department of
Energy

Modern Distribution Grid, Volume I: Customer and State Policy Driven Functionality, DOE Next Generation Distribution Grid (DSPx)
Project

Report

National

2017-04

US Department of
Energy

Summary Of Electric Distribution System Analyses With A Focus On DERs, DOE Next
Generation Distribution Grid (DSPx) Project

Report

National

2019-09, last
access

Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL)

Grid Architecture Tutorials and Advanced Concepts For Architecture Of Electric Power Grids

Website

National

2015-10

Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory (LBNL)

Distribution Systems In A High Distributed Energy Resources Future

Report

National

2018-05

Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL)

Distribution System Planning – State Examples By Topic

Report

National

2017-06

Sandia National
Laboratory (SNL)

The Grid Analysis and Design For Energy Infrastructure Resilience In New Orleans

Article

National

2018

GridLab

Integrated Distribution Planning: A Path Forward

Report

National

2018-03

Center for
Renewables Integration, GridPolicy

Alternative Transmission Solutions: A Roadmap To The CAISO Transmission Planning Process

Report

CAISO

2013

American Council
for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Obtaining Credit For Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs In A State Implementation Plan

Report

National

2018-05

Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL)

How and Where Distributed Energy Resources Impact Transmission and Distribution and Who Is Doing What About It, NCEP Annual
Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Commission
Actions On The Participation Of Storage and Distributed Energy Resources In
Organized Wholesale Electricity Markets, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

United States
Department of Energy (U.S. DOE)

DOE Initiatives On The Intersections Of The Transmission and Distribution Grid, NCEP Annual
Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

Steve Rourke,
Independent System Operator New England (ISO-NE)

How Distributed Energy Resources Are Impacting The New England Power System, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

Honorable Bruce Williamson,
Maine Public Utility Commission

Non-Wires Alternatives At Boothbay Harbor, NCEP Annual
Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2018-05

Ryan Fedie,
Bonneville Power Authority (BPA)

Deferring Transmission System Expansion, NCEP Annual Meeting 2018

Presentation

National

2017-02

North American
Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC)

Distributed Energy Resources: Connection Modeling and Reliability Considerations

Report

National

2014-01

PricewaterhouseCoopers
(PwC), Global Energy, Utilities, and Mining

The Road Ahead: Gaining Momentum From Energy Transformation

Report

National

2019-12, last
accessed

Bonneville Power
Authority

Non-Wires Working Group

Report

WECC

2019-02

Midcontinent
Independent System Operator (MISO)

Miso January 30-31 Maximum Generation Event Overview

Presentation

MISO

2019-12

National
Conference of State Regulators (NCSL)

Modernizing the Electric Grid: State Role and Policy Options

Report

National

2020-1

Duke Energy

ISOP Stakeholder Webinars

Presentation

National

2020-5

Interstate
Renewable Energy Council and GridLab

A Playbook For Modernizing the Distribution Grid,Volume 1

Report

National