Plug & Play DER Challenge Issues Call for Concepts

With the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs), the industry needs one cohesive way to integrate and interact with the electric grid. On August 2, 2018, a consortium of national labs and nonprofit organizations announced the Plug & Play DER Challenge Call for Concepts to develop interoperability solutions to lower integration costs, increase system performance, and enhance capabilities.

Hawaii Makes First Move for Grid Frequency-Watt Control

In February 2018, Hawaiian Electric became the first U.S. utility to require system-wide activation of frequency-watt control, following the recommendations of a July 2017 GMLC Technical Report published by the project team, and the staff of the California Public Utilities Commission has recommended that California take a similar step. The newly revised national standard for DER integration, IEEE Standard 1547-2018, allows for fast (sub-second) DER frequency support based on the recommendations of the project team.

About GMLC

The Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and 13 National Laboratories to bring together leading experts and resources to collaborate on national grid modernization goals.
GMLC is working closely with partners in industry, academia, and across cities and states to deliver on the objectives outlined in DOE’s Grid Modernization Multiyear Program Plan across six broad technical areas.
Through a comprehensive portfolio of projects announced, these integrated efforts will deliver new concepts, tools, platforms, and technologies to better measure, analyze, predict, and control the grid of the future.

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