More than just energy, it's becoming part of the grid.
Richard Fioravanti is vice president for distributed energy resources at DNV GL. He assists utilities, manufacturers, and policymakers with business plans, financial models, and device testing for advanced storage technologies, microgrids, and other distributed energy applications.
REV, also known by its formal name, "Reforming the Energy Vision," marks a bold initiative from New York to help increase the efficiency, reliability, and resiliency of the electric grid across the state. REV essentially re-envisions the state's future grid as a system fueled by wind, solar, and other distributed generation sources, and then enhanced by smart technologies and tools including microgrids, efficiency programs, and demand response. One of the most striking aspects of REV is the unique role it assigns to energy storage.
REV will follow two tracks of implementation and each will examine energy storage. The first track aims to establish a policy approach to encourage technologies, while the second track focuses on the regulatory changes needed to implement it. Significantly, Track 1 defines the role of distribution utilities in the deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs), proposing that distribution utilities should act as distributed system platforms (DSPs) to incorporate assets into grid operations. Ideas coming out of Track 1 already appear to redefine the role of storage in New York, but the significance of these changes will likely resonate well beyond the state.
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