Distributed Energy Resources
Introduction and purpose
Growing volumes of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are connecting to the provincial grid. The concept of DER, from the AESO’s perspective, includes any distribution-connected resource that can potentially supply energy onto the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES). This includes resources such as residential solar panels, electric vehicles, home battery storage, distribution-connected generation, or distribution-connected energy storage of any type.
The AESO published a DER Roadmap in June 2020 which outlines a plan for a future state that is characterized by a higher penetration of DER. The activities within the DER Roadmap include evaluating the potential impacts to:
- AIES reliability Alberta electricity markets
- Independent System Operator (ISO) tariff
- Price signals
DER Roadmap integration activities
The AESO is providing stakeholders an overview of the DER Roadmap Integration Activities that it intends to progress in the remainder of 2020 and in the first half of 2021. The intent is to provide stakeholders with a consolidated view of the proposed activities for their information and planning purposes.
The plan should assist stakeholders with identifying activities they may be interested in, such as DER Roadmap progress updates and potential timing of future stakeholder engagement opportunities over the next 12 months, for their planning purposes should they be interested in participating.
Unanticipated findings or learnings could impact the 2020/2021 Plan for DER Roadmap Integration Activities resulting in changes to the proposed schedule or the activities themselves. We will endeavor to keep stakeholders informed of any such changes.
2020/2021 Plan for DER Roadmap Integration Activities Schedule
- AESO Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap [Posted: June 9, 2020]
- 2020-2021 Plan for DER Roadmap Integration Activities [Posted: July 28, 2020]