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

PUC Peer-Sharing Webinars on Integrated Distribution System Planning February 27-June 12, 2023

  • Evaluating Cost-Effectiveness of Grid Modernization Investments - Kick-off presentation by Dr. Fredrich Kahrl, Berkeley Lab/3rdRail, Inc., and Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting Group, Recording & SlidesFebruary 27, 2023

Coordinated Planning with Consideration for Resilience and Equity, for NASUCA 2022 Annual Meeting, November 15, 2022
Joseph Paladino, USDOE

Coordinating Distribution, Transmission and Resource Planning, June 29, 2022
Paul De Martini, Alan Cooke, Fritz Kahrl
Meeting Recording & Slides

Resource, Asset and Contingency Planning with Climate Variability, June 27, 2022
Juliet Homer 
Meeting Recording & Slides

NASUCA June 2022 mid-year meeting, June 12-15, 2022

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

  • Introduction to Tools to Support Comprehensive Electricity Planning October 1, 2021
    • Tools and Methods for Distribution System Planning with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Juliet Homer and Tom McDermott, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Recording link
    • Modeling Tool Integration for Comprehensive Electricity Planning, JP Carvallo, Berkeley Lab Recording link
  • State of the Art Practices for Modeling Storage in Integrated Resource Planning October 12, 2021 Recording link
  • Integrating DERs into Bulk Power System Planning October 20, 2021
    • Sequential Integrated Analysis of DERs in Distribution and Bulk Power Systems, JP Carvallo, Berkeley Lab Recording link
    • Energy Efficiency and Demand Response as Resource Options in Bulk Power System Planning, Natalie Mims Frick, Berkeley Lab Recording link
  • Planning for Climate Variability Monday, November 1, 2021
    • Load forecasting with climate variability for transmission and distribution system planning, Rui Yang, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Recording link
    • Resource, asset, and contingency planning with climate variability
      John Fazio, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, and Robert Lempert, RAND Corporation Recording link
      Juliet Homer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Recording link

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

Energy System Planning for a Modern Electric Grid, National Governors Association Energy Policy Institute, Presentation SlidesAugust 25, 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

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

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

Modern Distribution Grid Project

Distribution system infographic, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Integrated Resilient Distribution Planning, Paul De Martini, Jeff Taft,  Andrew De Martini, and Mary Hall, Newport Consulting and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, May 2022







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