Proactively modeling the maximum DER penetration at which the grid can safely and reliably operate – the hosting capacity – can significantly improve the efficiency of the interconnection review process. By proactively running potential scenarios, utilities can provide hosting information for different technologies (solar, wind, battery charging) and at different resolutions (transformer, feeder, substation). GridUnity also allows utilities to analyze strategies to enhance hosting capacity, including the simulation of volt/VAR, and demand response. Using map-based data visualizations, utilities can identify and publish locations where distributed energy resources will provide grid benefits to encourage interconnection, inform their asset management strategies, and better plan investment into capital improvements.
When connecting new distributed energy, managing multiple stakeholders throughout the process can be complex. The GridUnity Interconnection Applications portal easily and effectively engages all stakeholders in customer applications for interconnections. GridUnity can be used for other types of customer interactions too – such as new service, change in service, demand response programs and more. Customers can use GridUnity Interconnection Applications to view project history as well as status updates in real-time, allowing action to be taken in minutes, not days.
Technical screening of utility interconnection applications requires significant analysis by utility experts to comply with regulatory requirements, utility policies and local grid conditions. When an application requires technical screening, GridUnity Technical Screening securely leverages critical system data to perform analysis in seconds – either automatically passing applications and progressing to the next step, or initiating a request for a more detailed impact analysis. These automated processes streamline utility operations so engineering personnel can spend their time reviewing analysis results, not tediously cleaning up and entering data.
Detailed grid impact studies require evaluation of many variables and potential scenarios. It’s an effort that requires significant engineering expertise, often costs tens of thousands of dollars and takes weeks or months to complete. GridUnity Impact Analysis can automate the preparation of an impact study – leveraging elastic cloud computing to perform advanced analysis (including power flow and protection coordination) to estimate the cost associated with related changes and upgrades so you can prepare a report with minimum effort. It also ensures engineering rules are applied consistently and retains a full history of utility decisions for regulatory compliance.
As a developer of new energy options, your customers rely on your expertise to recommend systems, support their economic modeling and financing, and work with their utility to fast-track development plans. GridUnity provides unique insights into geographic regions that would benefit from new energy options such as distributed generation, energy storage and commercial Combined Heat and Power (CHP) – allowing you to hone your business development efforts. Developers can use GridUnity to model operational improvements, cost savings, and incentives to support a winning business case, providing utilities with detailed applications that will fast-track to approval.