About ICF
Patrick Dalton
Manager, Distributed Grid Strategy

Patrick focuses on supporting clients in deploying a broad range of grid technologies, developing solutions to address demand energy resources (DER), and transportation electrification impacts on utility planning and operations. Patrick has more than a decade distribution engineering experience at a major U.S. electric and natural gas utility and recently led a team responsible for DER integration. His team was responsible for studying an extensive portfolio of solar garden projects, resulting in over 500 megawatts of solar DER interconnections. With the rise of electric vehicles (EV), Patrick has expanded DER support to include integration and EV load coordination.

Patrick supports utilities with developing grid modernization roadmaps and regulatory filings to meet evolving customer needs. He’s been on the ground helping utilities determine what technologies are needed to meet their needs and how to sequence deployments based on the specific technical, stakeholder, and regulatory environments. Patrick has filed direct testimony on behalf of utilities.

Patrick supported the drafting of the Minnesota statewide interconnection process and technical standards, including net metering, community solar, and microgrids. He also supports utilities with smart inverter implementation pilots and practices. Patrick is an active member of industry-standard working groups related to DER interconnection, interoperability, and energy storage, including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1547-2018, IEEE P1547.1, IEEE P1547.2, and IEEE P1547.9. He is currently on the standards development leadership team for smart grid standard interoperability standard IEEE P2030.

"The rise of advanced grid technology and inverter-based DER, coupled with regulatory pressures, has created opportunities for utilities to develop new approaches for planning and operating the grid."
Education
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • M.S., University of Minnesota
  • Licensed professional engineer, Minnesota