Connecting distributed energy resources including wind, solar, storage and gas-fired generation to the grid requires us to handle increasing grid complexity while improving grid utilization and, in some instances, creating new business opportunities.
The challenge with DERs for grid operators and distribution utilities is their location on the distribution system or behind the meter where they cannot be seen or planned for by the transmission system operators.
While the growth in battery-based electric energy storage is important and will provide ever-increasing benefits as it continues, it is important for us to put “traditional” pumped hydro storage in perspective.
Last month the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners released the final version of an important manual, “Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation.”
This Manual provides regulators with a comprehensive unders...