While in the past, the use of DER solutions such as energy storage and demand response have been thought of in terms of how they defer the use of traditional items in the grid developer’s toolkit, better consideration is forming around the “upfront role” DER can play, a US-based analyst has said.
Energy-Storage.news spoke with Samir Succar, a director and DER analyst at consultancy group ICF, shortly after he spoke on a panel at Solar Power International / Energy Storage International with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyst Kristen Ardani and Interstate Renewable Energy Council (irec) VP of regulatory affairs Sara Baldwin in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.
The panel, ‘Distribution system planning data for project development’, looked closely at the ways and means different stakeholders in the electricity system have for assessing their requirements and planning according.
We briefly reported last week that Irec’s Sara Baldwin had said the deployment of DER needs to scale with the demand for the services they provide, without becoming a neat technology without a niche, as can often happen.
ICF’s Samir Succar highlighted some of the challenges that exist in terms of gathering and using data, especially as more and more DERs are aggregated on the grid. The system, he said, is becoming “more complex, more dynamic, both in the way you operate the system and also in terms of how you then plan and build the system as well.”
“That has implications for DER developers that are looking to not only interconnect on the system but maybe get access to value streams, distribution services, participate in wholesale markets and build that into how they think about their project and their project fundamentals,” Succar said.
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