Expanding DER Hosting Capacity: Processes, Features, and Methods


Presented in 2 parts by: Alexandre Nassif, Specialist Engineer, ATCO

This presentation addresses topics covering utilities new practices to reduce economic barriers to the expansion of renewable DERs. Increasing DER Hosting Capacity not only can enable more market participants, but primarily improves the economic feasibility of many projects. Traditional utility practices are very restrictive on how DERs can operate. Forms of operational control that were not previously adopted, such as DER voltage control, have recently been considered and accepted by utilities to fulfill modern societal mandates. Another essential feature in the interconnection of DERs is the ability to detect operation under islanded condition. International standards have strict requirements for detection and extinction of islanding conditions, resulting in requirements that may preclude renewable DER projects to become financially viable. The acceptance of inverter native active anti-islanding schemes is a potential low-cost solution but represents a new paradigm for electric utilities. Similarly, employing out-of-the-box solutions to improve performance grounding and protection coordination are needed to streamline interconnection.

Outline Part I:
- Environment conducive to DER proliferation
- Distribution system considerations - Utilities must adapt to high DER penetration scenarios
- DER impacts and review of DER interconnection standards
- DER problem #1 - Steady-State Overvoltage and mitigation
- DER problem #2 - Variability and its impact on distribution system planning

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Outline Part II:
- Intro and review of Part I
- DER problem #3 - Anti-Islanding protection and coping with risk of island
- DER problem #4 - Protection coordination and adopted practices
- DER problem #5 - Performance Grounding and two case studies

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INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Utility engineers; DER developers; Regulators; Academic Researchers



Webinar PresenterAlexandre Nassif

Alexandre Nassif is a specialist engineer and ATCO's SME in power quality, micro- grid planning, and distributed energy resource integration, overseeing all planning activities related to DER interconnection. Before joining ATCO, he worked for Hydro One (Toronto) as a protection planning engineer, and simultaneously for Ryerson University as a post-doctoral research fellow, developing wind generator models for load flow integration. Alex has published more than 70 technical papers in international journals and conferences and is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. He is a professional engineer in the province of Alberta and a senior member of IEEE. He holds a PhD from the University of Alberta.


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