Integrated distribution planning represents a fundamental change to the traditional approach that utilities have taken to plan their distribution systems. It involves developing new capabilities and processes to inform the continued integration of DER on the grid and requires enabling mechanisms to capture and quantify the benefit of these resources to the system. The ways in which utilities can use these enhanced system capabilities to achieve strategic objectives will fundamentally depend on a clear articulation of use cases that link technology deployment to value creation. Integrated distribution planning provides that link and enables utilities to prioritize foundational investments on their distribution systems in order to leverage DER assets to maximize the overall system value it provides to its customers.
Amazon. Netflix. Lyft. These are the companies that today’s utility customers are benchmarking their experience against. And while most utilities realize the importance of meeting their customers’ growing expectations, how much progress have they actually made in creating a modern customer experience? Join Seth Kiner, former VP of Programs and Services at Southern California Edison, and Fei Wang, Senior Grid Edge Analyst at Greentech Media Research, for a webinar discussion on the results of a new survey assessing the current state of the utility customer experience, and what utilities can do today to improve their own maturity.
Completed in December 2003, Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) Battery Energy Storage System was an initiative to improve their member's reliability of service. The primary benefits that the BESS achieved was to instantly contribute to system stability following a loss of a major transmission line or generator, and also provide spinning reserves to allow generation units to run at optimized levels - resulting in significant savings. GVEA will take you behind the scenes to let you in on their lessons learned, how they built their business case, share what it takes to maintain their system, and reveal where this pioneering company is going next.
With or without PV, the widespread adoption of residential energy storage is a foregone conclusion. However, successfully achieving this revolutionary energy transition depends on the deployment of storage systems that are both flexible and future-proof. Homeowners must obtain storage solutions that address the unique aspects of their utility rates and policies while optimizing the payback period for their system. Likewise, solar professionals need to offer systems that are simple and flexible in order to maximize their bottom line. In this webinar, we’ll discuss residential storage solutions that address the needs of all parties including distributors, installers and homeowners.