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  • April 23, 2019

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About the Distribution System Planning Workgroup

To continue the PowerForward discussion and to address specific tasks articulated in PowerForward: A Roadmap to Ohio's Electricity Future, the Commission established a PowerForward Collaborative as well as two technical workgroups, the Distribution System Planning Workgroup (PWG) and the Data and Modem Grid Workgroup (DWG). On October 24, 2018, the PUCO established dockets pertaining to these groups in case numbers 18-1595-EL-GRD18-1596-EL-GRD, and 18-1597-EL-GRD, respectively.

The PWG has been established to identify issues that currently exist, or that may arise in the integrated distribution system planning process. The PWG may develop recommendations to the Commission on the following: future scenarios for customer distributed energy resources adoption in Ohio, and how these scenarios should be incorporated into electric distribution utility (EDU) forecasting and planning processes; modifications to interconnection standards, including defining required functions and settings for advanced inverters; development of non-wire alternatives (NWA) suitability criteria, processes and timeline for implementing NWA opportunities; evaluation of options for procuring NWAs; defining hosting capacity analyses (HCA) use cases; identifying an appropriate HCA methodology and associated tools and data requirements to satisfy use cases; a timeline for initial HCA analysis and publication of results for each EDU; and development of portals for sharing information on peak load forecasts, capital plans, hosting capacity maps, heat maps reflecting locational value, and other key data. Further, the Commission encourages the PWG to determine a process for identifying where it would be beneficial to deploy storage solutions.

The PWG is facilitated by technical consulting firm, EnerNex.