Integrated Distribution System Planning

Berkeley Lab provides training on Integrated Distribution System Planning — with strong links to bulk power system planning and grid modernization strategies — in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative. Regional trainings are for state public utility commissions and state energy offices, co-hosted by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, National Association of State Energy Officials, and regional organizations. We also provide education and training for state utility consumer representatives through the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates, governors’ energy advisors through the National Governors Association, and state legislators through the National Conference of State Legislatures.

National trainings and presentations

Technical Training for NASUCA Members on Contemporary Electricity System Issues, October-November 2021

  • Planning for Retirement of Baseload Resources - David Hurlbut (NREL) and Juliet Homer (PNNL), November 23, 2021
  • Automated DER Response - Michael Ingram, Rui Yang and Xin Jin (NREL), November 19, 2021
  • Integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) under FERC Order 2222 - Dr. Lorenzo Kristov, Meeting Recording & Slides, October 29, 2021
  • Maximizing Existing Transmission Capacity - Dr. Yingchen (YC) Zhang (NREL) Meeting Recording & SlidesOctober 28, 2021

Innovations in Electricity Modeling: Virtual Training Series for National Council on Electricity Policy, October 1-November 1, 2021 (slides and other series information). Videos for each session are linked immediately below.

Planning Electricity Systems with Distributed Energy Resources for NASUCA Members - October 2020

  • Planning for Energy Storage – Jeremy Twitchell (PNNL) and Andrew Mills (Berkeley Lab) Webinar & Slides, October 30, 2020
  • Demand Flexibility as a Utility System Resource  -Natalie Mims Frick (Berkeley Lab)  Webinar & SlidesOctober 29, 2020
  • Planning for Electric Vehicles and Strategies for Managing Charging – Doug Black and Jason MacDonald (Berkeley Lab) and Michael Kintner-Meyer (PNNL) Webinar, Slides, and other resourcesOctober 23, 2020
  • Impacts of Distributed Energy Resources on Net Loads and Approaches for Actively Managing Load Shapes – Chandler Miller (Berkeley Lab) Webinar, Slides, and other resources, October 22, 2020

Distribution System Planning Training for NASUCA Members, June 21, 2019

Evolving Approaches to Electricity System Planning, March 14, 2019

Distribution Technology Training for NASUCA MembersOctober-November 2018

  • Reliability Metrics and Reliability Value-Based Planning - Joe Eto (Berkeley Lab) Webinar and SlidesNovember 13, 2018
  • Benefit-Cost Frameworks for Utility-Facing Investments in Distribution - Tim Woolf (Synapse Energy Economics) Webinar and Slides, November 11, 2018
  • Distribution System Controls and Automation - Barry Mather (NREL) Webinar and SlidesOctober 31, 2018
  • Metrics and Valuation Frameworks for System Planning - Michael Kintner-Meyer (PNNL) Webinar and Slides, October 10, 2018



DOE and partner lab publications

Modern Distribution Grid, Volume IV: Strategy & Implementation Planning Guide, Department of Energy, June 2020

Electric Distribution System Planning with DERs — Tools and Methods, by J.S. Homer, Y. Tang, J.D. Taft, D. Lew, D. Narang, M. Coddington, M. Ingram, A. Hoke, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, March 2020

Summary of Electric Distribution System Analyses with a Focus on DERs, by Y. Tang, J.S. Homer, T.E. McDermott, M. Coddington, B. Sigrin, B. Mather, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, April 2017

Distribution system infographic, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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