Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial assembly of NERC’s System Planning Impacts of Distributed Energy Resources (SPIDER) Working Group in Austin, Texas. The two-day conference focused on the influence that Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are beginning to have on system planning, modeling, essential reliability services, and load forecasting.

The wide-spread adoption of highly distributed eco-friendly generation has introduced a series of new BES reliability challenges. The SPIDER Working Group is addressing them as they arise and will continue to do so until the transition stabilizes.