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Distributed Energy Resources
Developing a Distributed Energy Resource Strategy
Platte River and its four owner communities—Fort Collins, Estes Park, Longmont and Loveland—are developing a joint distributed energy resources (DER) strategic framework.
This strategy will help guide and respond to customer interest in DERs and integrate DERs into the electric system. Having a coordinated framework and strategy to incorporate DERs on the grid will be essential to achieving Fort Collins' 100% renewable electricity target as part of Platte River’s goals to achieve a non-carbon resource portfolio.
What are DERs?
DERs are physical or virtual devices or systems that can be deployed on the electric distribution system or on customer premises that can be used to provide value to all customers through electric system optimization and/or individual customer benefits. They include things like rooftop solar, battery storage, electric vehicles and chargers, as well as energy efficiency and smart thermostats.
What is the DER Strategic Planning Project?
The framework will help guide how DER assets are deployed and managed as technologies evolve and our electric system changes to incorporate them.
DERs include energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, distributed energy storage, electric vehicles and beneficial electrification.
The project is guided by a steering committee with representatives of Estes Park Power & Communications, Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power & Communications, Loveland Water and Power and Platte River. Consultant expertise and facilitation is provided by the Smart Electric Power Alliance.
The committee plans to have a draft strategy report developed by the middle of 2021.
How to Participate
The committee recently launched a DER microsite to serve as a hub of information about the committee’s activities and actions with key details for the public as the strategy is developed.
The committee is currently seeking public participation in a survey to collect opinions on a variety of DER topics, including electric vehicle charging, rooftop solar and energy storage. Interested participants are encouraged to access the survey from the microsite and complete it by Oct. 12, 2020.
Owner community members can use the microsite to sign up to receive updates from the DER strategy committee regarding key milestones and additional opportunities for public feedback.