The power distribution grid has changed rapidly the last few years. Drivers such as decreasing technology costs and more environmental awareness among consumers have increased the demand for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as solar photovoltaic panels and battery storage that are connected to the distribution network. Smart appliances are more widely deployed, increasing energy efficiency. On the utility side, a plethora of new operational and informational technologies are available for efficient monitoring, communication, and control of existing and emerging resources.
In an effort to enable additional revenue streams and further accelerate the integration of DERs, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 2222 (amended as 2222-A on March 18, 2021). In this Insights we review key points of the Order and our initial thoughts on impacted areas