Grid Geeks Podcast S4E5

Both Sides of the Aisle: Can Transmission and Distribution Planning Unite? 
(with NEW Grid Geeks HOST, Sara Baldwin Auck)

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The two sides of the grid – the transmission system and the distribution system – have distinct approaches to planning, operations, data collection, and modeling to determine future grid needs. In addition, the two systems are governed and regulated by different entities, each with unique missions and objectives. The growth of consumer-driven distributed resources and state policies are reshaping the distribution system and compelling the need to bridge the gap between the two sides of the grid. Yet, technical, policy and regulatory barriers challenge this union. In this episode of Grid Geeks, we will explore what is happening to better connect the two sides of the grid and examine what is needed going forward to expedite the transition to a more modern electric grid. 

To help us unpack all of this, Kerinia Cusick, Team Leader and Co-Founder of the Center for Renewables Integration, provides us with more insights on the components of transmission planning, and how these plans are beginning to interact and intersect with the distribution planning efforts. 

From this episode - 

· [Report]: Alternative Transmission Solutions: A Roadmap to the CAISO Transmission Planning Process,Authors: Jon Wellinghoff, Kerinia Cusick, Lorenzo Kristov, Ernesto Enrique (March 2018)

· FERC Technical Conference: Distributed Energy Resources - Technical Considerations for the Bulk Power System (Docket Nos. RM18-9-000, AD18-10-000) April 10-11, 2018

·  California Independent System Operator, Stakeholder Processes