Today’s LiveWire Spotlight reviews NPCC’s new Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Forum, which was launched on May 16th to provide open discussions of DER issues, enhance awareness, understand the impacts to the BES, and facilitate integration of DER. The NPCC sees explosive growth in DER-supplied behind the meter MW which has led to a reduction in inertia, altered market dispatch patterns, and requires new regulation/contingency reserve policies.

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