The growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) challenges the status quo of utility management and planning processes. Utilities and other program administrators must rethink traditional distribution planning to evaluate DER deployment scenarios, hosting capacity limitations, complex regulatory requirements, the potential for deferred capex, and the challenges of probabilistic planning. To effectively manage the systems customers are adding, utilities increasingly need visibility to the grid edge and a way to monitor and value distributed generation systems. ICF can help clients effectively plan, invest, and manage systems to optimize revenues by increasing visibility to the grid edge and harvesting the value from all distributed generation systems.
Our work with hundreds of clients on an array of transmission and distribution planning projects includes a first-of-its-kind, full-value analysis of the costs and benefits of DER deployment across a utility system and supporting adaptation for multiple utilities as part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Our in-depth knowledge of the energy sector and power markets overall gives ICF an ideal vantage point from which to help clients seize opportunities to optimize and monetize modernizations, create viability, secure stakeholder approval for grid upgrades, and plan for the next generation of distribution and transmission systems.