Smart Grid Professional Workshop Series


Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Functions for Supporting the Power Grid

DER Architectures, DER Functions, DER Interconnection and Communication Standards, and Cybersecurity Issues
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TBAPhiladelphia, PAFrances ClevelandTBA1500.00Coming Soon!

Utilities are being required to interconnect Distributed Energy Resources (DER) systems, including photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, fuel cells, diesel generators, bio-fuel systems, battery storage systems, and even electric vehicles. As higher penetrations of DER systems are interconnected, they can no longer be viewed as just “negative load”, but must be taken into account during distribution planning and operations. However, DER systems are not just headaches for utilities – they are “smart” and can be used to actually improve the efficiency and reliability of power system operations. The purpose of this workshop is to help utilities understand the various DER system architectures, the power functions they can provide, the possible DER interconnection requirements, and the communication standards and cybersecurity needed for interactions between the utility and these DER systems.

Frances Cleveland




Frances Cleveland has managed and consulted on Smart Grid information and control system projects in the electric power industry for over 35 years.  Her expertise has focused primarily on Smart Grid information inter-operability standards, cyber security issues, and integration of systems, including Distributed Energy Resources (DER), plug-in electric vehicles (PEV), Advanced Metering Infrastructures (AMI), Distribution Automation (DA), substation automation, SCADA systems, and energy market operations. 



U.S. DOE Solar Instructor Training Network Penn State Sustainability Institute U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association