SOURCE: Nexant


September 12, 2016 09:00 ET

Nexant to Present New Methodology for Valuing DERs at Solar Power International

Wednesday's Presentation Will Summarize New Report That SEPA Released in Partnership With Nexant

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - September 12, 2016) - The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), in partnership with Nexant, released a new report on Sept. 6 entitled: "Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources." At Solar Power International (SPI), Nexant Vice President of Strategy & Planning and report co-author Josh Bode will present a summary of the report and discuss the locational valuation methodology for DERs.

Key details of the presentation are:

  • Time: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Room: N255
  • Title: "Addressing the Locational Valuation Challenge for Distributed Energy Resources"
  • Presenter: Josh Bode, Vice President, Nexant
  • SPI Track: Utility & Grid Integration

Mr. Bode will also be available for interviews after the presentation for the remainder of the day.

Key insights of the report include:

  • Utility managers asked to integrate DERs into distribution system planning need a way to compare DERs to more traditional distribution resources. However, approaches that seek to boil DER value down to a single benefit-cost ratio or average value per kilowatt-hour are overlooking the differences in temporal and locational characteristics inherent in DERs.
  • A metric applicable across various DER technologies allows for the capacity deferral value provided by various DERs to be stacked and combined.
  • Four factors help identify when and where DERs have the potential to provide the most distribution deferral value: excess capacity, projected load growth, load shape attributes, and the timing, duration, and magnitude of need.
  • The proposed Load Carrying Capacity Factor (LCCF) is a measure that captures the ability of a given DER to provide effective locational capacity, when and where it is needed.

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