A growing number of state grid modernization proceedings are tackling comprehensive regulatory reforms to enable a more distributed, reliable, and cleaner electricity grid. Within these efforts, state commissions are working to develop more proactive approaches to distribution planning, rate structures, utility business models, and performance-based incentives that will shape the future of the grid and determine the extent to which distributed energy resources (DERs) can be integrated.
IREC’s Grid Modernization Work
As an active intervenor in several grid modernization proceedings, IREC leverages to the lessons learned from our multi-state experience to provide a national perspective on several key issues central to these efforts, namely: hosting capacity analysis, DER forecasting, integrated distribution planning (a concept pioneered with a paper by IREC/Sandia Labs in 2013), interconnection, performance-based incentives, and the consumer experience.
We provide input and guidance to assist regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders identify and adopt workable methods to shift grid planning for renewables from a one-by-one decision making process to a more proactive approach to ensure that DERs are planned, managed and valued as an integral part of utilities’ portfolios, capable of providing reliable and cost-effective electricity for the benefit of all customers.
Recent State Engagement
Whether serving as an active intervenor in a regulatory proceeding or by providing technical assistance and support to stakeholders, IREC engages on grid modernization in a number of states. Most recently, we have been involved in California, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York.