The Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE) in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission and the New York Public Service Commission is developing a comprehensive set of functional requirements for a next generation distribution system platform (DSPx) to enable the full participation of DERs in the provision of electricity services. The project intends to engage key stakeholders to obtain a critical review of its efforts and aspires to provide guidance for the development of future planning, operations and market tools needed to support DSPx implementation. The project is drawing from a range of technical documents, policy papers, and thought pieces surrounding the modernization of the grid.
The DSPx project is designed to address key issues that commonly present barriers for technology development and adoption. The first phase of the effort seeks to develop functional requirements of a DSPx that can accommodate a range of operational and market structure paradigms. We envision follow-on phases (Phases 2 and 3) that involve working with the industry, the regulatory community, and national laboratories to advance the identified DSPx functionalities, and to develop and implement the tools required for an effective DSPx.