May 19, 2013

Integrated Distribution Planning Concept Paper

In this concept paper, IREC and Sandia National Laboratories propose an Integrated Distribution Planning (IDP) approach to proactive planning for distributed generation (DG) growth.

IDP leverages existing tools from distribution system planning to estimate the hosting capacity of distribution circuits in advance of a utility studying a particular interconnection request. IDP also analyzes a circuit’s ability to accommodate anticipated DG growth and identifies any potential infrastructure upgrades needed to accommodate that growth.