The Electricity Advisory Committee’s (EAC) distributed energy storage (DES) working group has conducted interviews with industry experts and market participants to gain further insight into the developing DES market and made recommendations on tangible ways in which the Energy Department can support DES market deployment through technology developments and technical analyses. The EAC’s recommendations on National Distributed Energy Storage in the Electric Grid also include a general overview of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) market and technologies and discuss the current status of the DES market, unique benefits and challenges of DES, public policy implications, and the need for codes and standards development. For the purpose of the EAC review, DES is defined as an energy storage element or system located at the distribution substation, within the distribution system, or customer-sited located either behind the customer’s utility revenue meter or customer-sited on the utility side of the revenue meter.
In the face of extreme weather events, states, utilities, and other companies are increasingly seeking ways to boost resiliency while reducing their carbon footprint. The Emissions Quantification Tool (EQT), which was conceived of and sponsored by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and implemented by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) with active engagement from the utility and energy industry, quantifies the direct emissions impacts – positive and negative – of specific planned or installed smart grid projects. The free, web-based calculator aims to estimate the impact of NOx, SO2 and CO2 emissions on smart grid infrastructure investments, taking into account specific context and project details with a broadly applicable methodology.
On July 19, 2016, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Sensor and Modeling Approaches for Enhanced Observability and Controllability of Power Systems with Distributed Energy Resources.” The Notice of Intent includes a request for potential applicants to provide feedback to a series of questions intended to refine the specific functional and technology applications within each of the anticipated FOA’s Topic Areas, along with their associated performance targets. The deadline for submitting responses to the NOI is August 10, 2016.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) held a peer review of its Reliability & Markets Program on June 9-10, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Materials from the peer review, including the agenda and presentations, are now available for download. The Reliability and Markets activity of OE’s Transmission Reliability Program researches, develops, and implements infrastructure to ensure electric reliability while improving the efficiency and economics of market operations.