As the system operator, the IESO is looking into ways to enhance reliability and efficiency through the coordination of IESO- and local distribution company (LDC)-controlled resources. The IESO is also interested in learning more about the impact of new technologies and integrated systems on the operation on the bulk power system, the information that needs to be shared between the LDC and the IESO, and the reliability services that could be provided by these types of solutions in the future. PowerStream’s POWER.HOUSE project was initiated to study the feasibility of distributed energy resources as an alternative to the traditional wires solution for delivering electricity to customers. Due to the complementary nature of these two initiatives, the IESO and PowerStream have decided to work together on a grid/LDC coordination project.
There are a number of objectives for the study, including:
- exploring how to enhance reliability and efficiency through coordination of IESO- and LDC-controlled resources
- studying the feasibility for increased adoption of residential solar storage type technologies within the LDC sector by using PowerStream’s POWER.HOUSE initiative as a test case
- better understanding the grid integration and operability impacts from increased adoption of systems like POWER.HOUSE within the distribution sector.
More information will be shared about the project as it progresses.