More Than Smart: A Framework to Make the Distribution Grid More Open, Efficient and Resilient

Only a handful of states have initiated comprehensive efforts to engage in large-scale integration of DER into state-wide distribution grids. While prepared to specifically influence California policy, this paper provides a general framework of principles to guide implementation of policies that require utilities to optimize deployment of distributed energy resources. The paper provides four guiding principles: standardize data and methodologies through a comprehensive planning process, enable an open platform for DER integration, allow distribution service operators to have an expanded coordination role, and open wholesale markets to participation for DER.