Recommended Functionalities for Improving Cybersecurity of Distributed Energy Resources

Ricardo Siqueira De Carvalho, Danish Saleem

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The current electric grid is transitioning through increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs), which include intermittent renewable generation resources on the distribution side. Both the monitoring and control of DERs require extensive data-exchange and communication networks. These networks lead to cyber vulnerabilities and risks of new kinds of cyberattacks that may be extremely destructive for power system operations. Although current standards, such as IEEE Std. 1547-2018, do not discuss cybersecurity measures for DERs, cybersecurity controls should be developed for securing DER systems at the device level, communications level, and applications level. This paper discusses the current industry's best practices related to DER cybersecurity and proposes recommended functionalities for improving the cybersecurity posture of DERs, specifically at the device/distribution level. These practical recommendations have been discussed and verified with the industry through a DER cybersecurity working group.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Nov 2019
Event2019 Resilience Week, RWS 2019 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 4 Nov 20197 Nov 2019


Conference2019 Resilience Week, RWS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5R00-74895 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5R00-76208


  • communication
  • cybersecurity
  • distributed energy resource
  • renewable energy
  • smart grid
  • standards


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