A National Town Meeting on demand response + smart grid

Pre-Conference Workshop

Thanks to Nexant for a great workshop

Tuesday, May 26


How to Align Distributed Energy Resources with Grid Value

A rapidly growing challenge for grid planning and operations is the integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), including demand response, energy efficiency, solar, battery storage, combined heat and power plants, and fuel cells. Deciding when and where DERs should be deployed to offset the need for transmission and distribution investments requires 1) a micro-level understanding of resource requirements; and 2) a framework for valuing resources with wide ranging characteristics on a comparable basis. To address this growing challenge, this workshop provided guidance on how to:

  • Identify where and when DERs provide the most grid value
  • Determine the type of DERs needed in each location, depending on local load characteristics
  • Compare DERs with inherently different operating characteristics that may provide different value in different locations
  • Design programs, markets, pricing and procurement efforts to align DERs with grid value
  • Track, monitor and evaluate DERs to ensure that they deliver

This timely, practical guidance was delivered by key experts who summarized case studies related to building DER valuation frameworks and applying those frameworks to utility transmission and distribution planning. The workshop also included utility representatives who talked about addressing the challenges related to DER integration.

Workshop Agenda

1:00-1:15 PM: Introduction and high-level overview – Josh Schellenberg, Principal Consultant, Nexant

1:15-2:15 PM: Assessing where and when different types of DERs provide locational value – Josh Bode, Principal Consultant, Nexant (includes 15 minute Q&A from workshop participants)

2:15-2:45 PM: Comparing DERs with various operating characteristics – Alana Lemarchand, Consultant, Nexant (includes 5 minute Q&A from workshop participants)

2:45-3:00 PM: Break

3:00-4:00 PM: Options for pricing and procuring DERs – Stephen George, Senior Vice President, Nexant (includes 15 minute Q&A from workshop participants)

4:00-4:15 PM: Micro-level evaluation, measurement and verification of DERs – Josh Schellenberg, Principal Consultant, Nexant (includes 5 minute Q&A from workshop participants)

4:15-5:30 PM: Utility Panel – How are California and New York utilities addressing DER integration challenges? – Moderated by Michael Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Nexant (includes 15 minute Q&A from workshop participants)

  • Kevin Wood, Principal Manager – Business DSM Program Operations, Southern California Edison
  • Richard Aslin, Principal Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
  • John J. Borchert,  Senior Director of Energy Policy and Transmission, Central Hudson
  • TBA, Other New York Utility



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If you’re interested in hosting a pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the 2016 National Town Meeting, please contact Jenny Senff (jenny.senff@demandresponsesmartgrid.org).