Grid Edge Visibility: Gaps and a Road Map

Yingchen (Y.C) Zhang, Cong Feng, Peter Shaffery, Rui Yang

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Abstract

Behind-The-Meter (BTM) resources at the grid edge are rapidly becoming an important component of the electric grid, requiring a substantial reconfiguration of traditional grid practices, such as policy changes, market redesign, and infrastructure upgrades. This adjustment is challenged by the fact that, by definition, grid edge elements are not easily observable by grid control entities. Increasing the visibility of these resources is therefore an important goal, one that is experiencing much research and discussion by various power system stakeholders. For example, policy makers are analyzing the tradeoffs of using grid edge meters to impose charges on grid edge electricity generation. System operators, such as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) in the United States, can identify visibility information on the electrical location and the size of the grid edge resources as a critical consideration across the transmission-and-distribution (T&D) spectrum. This article summarizes the challenges and needs of grid entities resulting from the introduction of grid edge resources as well the gaps in the extant grid edge visibility frameworks.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)10-19
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Electrification Magazine
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2022

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-83745

Keywords

  • behind-the-meter
  • DER visibility

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