December 1, 2017

Optimizing the Grid: Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses

This report helps guide state regulators as they oversee utilities developing hosting capacity analyses to integrate DERs on their distribution systems.

Hosting Capacity Analyses are a new analytical tool — as part of broader grid modernization or distribution planning efforts — to help states and utilities plan for and build a modern grid that allows for the benefits of DERs to be fully realized by more individuals, businesses and institutions. “Hosting capacity analyses allow utilities, regulators and electricity customers to make more efficient and cost-effective choices about where, when and how to deploy distributed energy resources on the grid,” explains lead author of the new guide, Sky Stanfield, a regulatory attorney representing IREC.