DER Penetration Challenges Dealt with DSO Deployment

Intelligent Utility
August 18, 2016

The increasing adoption of variable DERs challenges the traditional planning and operation practices of utility distribution systems. These systems have been traditionally radial and had single directional power flows and protection schemes, whereas with DERs, the power flows will become bi-directional and impact the circuit protection and control schemes. Like other utilities, ComEd is examining the potential of a DSO pilot implementation to investigate the relationship between DER deployments and DSO, as well as the potential DSO applications that can facilitate DER integration and benefit both end-use customers and the system. Similar to transmission system operators, the DSO would act as an independent aggregator by interfacing distributed generators and network owners and by managing a distributed generation market.

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