WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic

May 7, 2018

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) are presenting a free webinar on May 14, 2018, to discuss a new report, Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic.


  • Alan Cooke, Senior Research Economist, PNNL
  • Juliet Homer, Senior Energy Research Engineer, PNNL
  • Lisa Schwartz, Deputy Leader, Electricity Markets and Policy Group, LBNL

When:  May 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern)

Register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7938657961300006658

Download a copy of the report here:  Distribution System Planning - State Examples by Topic

This report developed by PNNL and LBNL draws on a recently completed study for the U.S. Department of Energy Grid Modernization Lab Consortium on how utility regulators in 16 states have addressed distribution system planning in the context of grid modernization and higher levels of distributed energy resources (DERs). Information from the original DOE report, located here, was updated, synthesized and reorganized by category.

Specific topics covered in this report include:

  • Distribution investment plans and grid modernization plans
  • Incentives reflecting locational benefits
  • Hosting capacity analysis
  • Non-wires alternatives
  • Aligning distribution system planning with other types of planning
  • Voluntary planning and surcharges to accelerate investment 

The report contains a table that points to specific examples for each distribution system planning topic and provides a one or two paragraph summary of each state's approach to the topic area.  Finally, the report identifies a number of immediately useful reference documents.

About the presenters:


Lisa Schwartz is Deputy Leader of the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL. She manages the energy efficiency team, state technical assistance, the Future Electric Utility Regulation report series, and training for public utility commissions on distribution system planning. Previously, she was Director of the Oregon Department of Energy, where earlier in her career she was a Senior Policy Analyst.  She also served for seven years at the Oregon Public Utility Commission.

Alan Cooke is a Senior Economist at PNNL. He is currently researching grid-related topics including industry trends in distribution system planning, the need for increasing coordination between utility resource planning and distribution planning, the treatment of batteries in resource planning, and the use of benefit-cost analyses for valuing distributed energy resources. Alan's work at PNNL has also included analyzing life-cycle benefits and costs associated with appliance and commercial equipment efficiency standards on behalf of the U.S. DOE.

Juliet Homer is a senior energy research engineer at the PNNL who specializes in energy policy, planning, and regulation. She formerly worked as a staff member at the Oregon Public Utility Commission. Her work at PNNL supports national and international projects in the area of integrated energy planning, advanced distribution system planning and grid modernization.