Distributed Energy Resources

Engineering Consulting for Utilities

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Engineering Consulting for Utilities

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

Utilities including investor-owned, cooperatives and municipalities across the country, and the world, are challenged to increase reliability and resiliency, and to accommodate greater amounts of distributed energy resources while the ways to operate, plan, and interact with customers are rapidly changing. At EPE, we help our partner clients in navigating new grid technologies and their impact on utility operations and business models. We help identify, prioritize, and justify prudent investments on the electric grid in this dynamic environment.

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Battery Storage (BESS)

  • Interconnection Impact Studies
  • Protection Coordination Studies
  • Interconnection Field Witness Testing and Commissioning
  • Develop DER/BESS Interconnection Requirements and Standards
  • Smart Inverter Modeling, Control Settings and Planning Analysis
  • Scenario Planning
  • Hosting Capacity Studies and Maps
  • Flexible Interconnection Planning
  • NWA and Feasibility Studies
  • DER/BESS Active Management and Control
  • DER/BESS Generation and Load Forecasting
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Grid Modernization and Demand Response

  • Smart Grid Program Development and Implementation: Distribution Automation (DA)
  • Fault Location Isolation & System Restoration (FLISR)
  • Volt-Var Optimization (VVO)
  • Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)
  • Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS)
  • Demand Response (DR)

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

  • Electric Vehicle Adoption Forecast
  • Electric Vehicle Load Pro le Forecast
  • Electric Vehicle Energy and Demand Load Forecast
  • Electric Vehicle Impact Studies and Scenario Planning
  • Electric Vehicle Controlled Charging Algorithms
  • Customer Fleet Electrification Business Modeling

Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

As the sources of electrical energy include an increasing mix of renewable assets — including residential and commercial solar systems — utilities must assess and manage how consumer-owned generation will impact their existing distribution equipment, operating practices, and cost recovery. The true value of working with EPE is that we keep our clients ahead. Our goal is to consistently exceed expectations by ensuring our utility clients meet their customers’ needs.

Battery Storage (BESS)

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) play a pivotal role in the emergence of renewable energy and addressing electricity demands. BESS is beneficial to both renewable developers seeking interconnection as well as utilities seeking improvements in grid reliability, resiliency, and stability for their customers. BESS is emerging as a feasible NWA (Non-Wire Alternative) solution for planning engineers to prudently defer capital investment. EPE’s expertise in battery energy storage support offers a unique blend of talents that can help you through the development of battery energy storage projects.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

As adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) grows, investments and upgrades are needed to the transmission and distribution infrastructure to enable and accommodate the forecasted EV growth. Significant changes may be required without thoughtful design and integration to maximize utilization of the existing infrastructure. EV adoption will not only result in changes to consumer-level energy demand, but also commercial use with EV fleet vehicles and charging stations. EPE has extensive experience supporting our clients studying the impact of electric vehicles on the utility infrastructure.

Grid Modernization and Demand Response

With the increase of distributed energy resources, EV adoption and customer expectations for improved resiliency and reliability, utilities are driven to find innovative solutions to efficiently manage an increasingly complex and interconnected network or smart grid. EPE team offers the required knowledge and experience required to plan and implement distribution system designs that integrate the latest emerging smart grid technology.

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