Northeastern utilities aim to ‘crush and flatten’ system peaks as DERs boost grid efficiency

Northeastern utilities aim to ‘crush and flatten’ system peaks as DERs boost grid efficiency

“We envision a future in which the distribution system is primary [and] the distribution utility is the symphony conductor of many different DER devices, with battery storage leading,” she said. “And the devices are an almost living, breathing system that inhale when costs go down and exhale as prices go up.”

New bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, which target peak demand reductions, are just the beginning, stakeholders told Utility Dive. Synergies among utilities, DER providers and customers can deliver a range of cost-effective advanced grid services. The key, they said, is standardized pay-for-performance and shared savings provisions to protect ratepayers.

Bring your own where?
There are BYOD programs or proposals in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and New York. But four states are leading.

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