The Next Generation Distribution Grid (DSPx) initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (DOE-OE) and the utility regulatory commissions of California, New York, District of Columbia, Hawaii, and Minnesota. In the first phase of the initiative, DSPx is creating a series of companion documents titled Modern Distribution Grid. This series of volumes was developed by state commissions, for state commissions and other stakeholders and supports decision-makers currently addressing challenges of modernizing the electric distribution system in their own states. DSPx may be used as guidance to shape discussion and development of a state’s modernization strategy and roadmap, to evaluate utility proposals for infrastructure modernization, and develop and adopt next=generation commercial technology  for grid planning, operations, and distributed operational markets.
 
More Than Smart supports the DSPx effort through project management and coordination with state, industry, and academic stakeholders.
 
Phase I of the DSPx effort has led to the development of the following deliverables:
 
The Decision Makers Guide enables Commission staff and relevant stakeholders to begin applying Volumes I and II to a specific situation and use. These priority uses have been identified by the staff of sponsoring commissions. This guide is meant for those interested in the strategic considerations and planning of grid modernization efforts.
The Executive Summary enables state Commissioners to take action by asking their staff and stakeholders key questions about the modernization of their state’s grid.
Volume I is a reference guide of functions the modern distribution grid should provide in response to needs driven by both electric customers and state policy. Volume I includes an overview of grid architecture concepts, provides definitions of key capabilities, functions and elements necessary to support an enabling platform, and maps these attributes to the underlying state policy objectives.
Volume II is an advanced technology market assessment, developed through analysis of existing reference materials and engagement of representative industry experts, including state regulators, electric utilities, ISOs, and energy services and technology providers. Volume II’s market assessment surveys existing commercial development, both available and under market, and analyzes the gaps in technology that current exist, as well as what is needed for a future platform.
 
Learn more about the full scope of the DSPx project here: http://www.doe-dspx.org.
 

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