Resolving the Conflict Between Distribution Planning and Interconnection Processes

How Integrating End-to-End DER Planning Processes Speeds Up Interconnection and Improves Distribution Planning
Resolving the Conflict Between Distribution Planning and Interconnection Processes

As adoption of DERs increases, utility distribution planning departments are juggling more projects, each with the need for deeper, more complex analysis. At the same time, consumers, project developers and regulators expect faster turnaround and greater status transparency on interconnection applications.

Now it’s possible to develop end-to-end DER interconnection workflows that leverage existing customer information systems, geographic information systems and distribution planning applications using PowerClerk® as the application processing hub. The end-to-end process starts with the interconnection application through permission to operate. In between, there are steps for data collection and validation, engineering analysis, and status updates between the utility and applicant.

With a fully integrated, end-to-end interconnection process, utilities can:
  • Improve customer service with faster processing and reduced interconnection backlogs.
  • Increase efficiency and accuracy with automated workflows and data transfers.
  • Conduct more complete system analysis based on the most up-to-date project data and device status.
  • Enhance the ability to accommodate more DER. 
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