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Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap

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DER Roadmap Engagement

Throughout 2021, the IESO engaged with stakeholders to develop the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap that sets out the IESO’s goal, objectives, initiatives and timing for DER integration. The DER Roadmap provides an overview of the IESO’s DER-related projects and connects each project to three identified key focus areas for DER integration activities.

While the development of the DER Roadmap is complete, stakeholders are invited to learn more about each project, provide input in ongoing engagements and participate in related pilot programs and initiatives. Stakeholders who wish to learn more are encouraged to visit the DER Roadmap webpage

The IESO plans to provide progress updates on the DER Roadmap on an ongoing basis moving forward. The primary approach to for providing updates will be regularly scheduled OEB/IESO Joint Engagement Sessions on DER Integration, as part of which the IESO and OEB will alternately host engagement sessions. All OEB/IESO Joint Engagement presentation materials will be posted to the DER Roadmap engagement page. The DER Roadmap engagement may also be used for IESO DER related initiatives that do not have their own unique engagement.

Schedule of Activities

Anticipated timing for this engagement is presented below.

Date Engagement Activity Expected Actions

December 14, 2022

Following the Nov 23rd OEB-IESO Joint Engagement on DER Integration webinar, the OEB and IESO are seeking feedback on a number of questions related to topics discussed and the session in general.

 

November 23, 2022

Engagement webinar

The OEB and IESO will host a joint engagement session on Distributed Energy Resources Integration Framework for Energy Innovation. The IESO and OEB will present an update on recent activities related to DERs and provide an opportunity for participants to share feedback.

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's November stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

September 16, 2022

Feedback Due

Following the August 25th Regional Planning Process Review webinar, the IESO is seeking feedback from participants on the hourly demand profiling methodology, as well as the non-wires alternatives (NWAs) options analysis in Integrated Regional Resource Plans (IRRPs).

Feedback Received

August 25, 2022

Engagement webinar

Regional Planning Process Review - Non-Wires Update:

Update on the implementation of the non-wires-related recommendations from the Regional Planning Process Review engagement. The IESO will also be seeking feedback on the methodologies used to consider and evaluate non-wires alternatives in Integrated Regional Resource Plans.

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's August stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information

June 2022

Targeted completion date for DER Potential Study

 

May 11, 2022

Following the April 13th DER Roadmap and Joint Engagement with OEB webinar, the OEB and IESO are seeking feedback from participants on the joint engagement in general as well as the updates to the list of cross-cutting issues presented.

Feedback Received

November 9, 2022: IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback

 

April 13, 2022

OEB/IESO Joint Engagement Session on Distributed Energy Resources Integration Framework for Energy Innovation

 

December 2021

DER Roadmap Completed

DER Roadmap

November 10, 2021

Following the October 20th DER Roadmap and Joint Engagement with OEB webinar, the IESO is seeking feedback from participants on the objectives and initiatives proposed for inclusion in the DER Roadmap and the associated timelines, as well as on the format and approach to information sharing. The OEB and IESO are also seeking feedback on the cross-cutting issues for collaboration.

December 17, 2021:  IESO Response to Feedback – DER Roadmap

December 17, 2021: IESO Response to Feedback – OEB/IESO Joint Engagement

November 9, 2021

Following the October 19th Regional Planning Process Review webinar, the IESO is seeking feedback from participants on its work to date on the draft process, screening mechanism, and tools to consider and evaluate non-wires alternatives in regional planning.

No stakeholder feedback received

October 20, 2021

 

Stakeholder webinar - DER Market Vision and Design Project:

  • The purpose of this session is to is to introduce the DER Market Vision and Design Project. The focus of this project is to examine how to cost-effectively enhance the value DERs can provide to Ontario’s electricity system by expanding participation in wholesale markets. 

October 20, 2021

Stakeholder webinar:

During this engagement webinar, the IESO will introduce the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap objectives and draft timelines as well as seek feedback on the Roadmap product and content. The OEB/IESO will introduce a draft list of cross-cutting issues where the OEB/IESO are collaborating, including potential areas for enhanced collaboration for stakeholder input.

 

October 19, 2021

Stakeholder webinar:

  • Update on the regional planning process review engagement completed in May 2021, with a key focus on progress implementing the recommendations to address barriers to non-wires alternatives in regional planning. The IESO is seeking stakeholder feedback on its work to date on the draft process, screening mechanism, and tools to consider and evaluate non-wires alternatives in regional planning. An update will also be provided on the status of the additional recommendations of the Regional Planning Process Review report. Lastly, the IESO will introduce a regional planning activities dashboard for the regional planning webpage.
  • Presentation - revised
  • Feedback form

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's October stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

 

September 22, 2021

Engagement webinar - DER Market Vision and Design Project

Stakeholder DER Presentations

The IESO will welcome stakeholders to present their perspectives on the DERs that are most likely to emerge in Ontario and how they should be incorporated into wholesale markets to inform the Market Vision Project. 

This webinar was presented during the IESO's September stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

 

September 16, 2021

Deadline for stakeholder feedback on topics presented at the August 25th webinar: Application Guideline Document and DERs.

October 28, 2021: IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback

 

August 25, 2021

Stakeholder webinar:

In this session, IESO and the OEB will provide further details on the Joint Targeted Call of the OEB’s Innovation Sandbox and the IESO’s Grid Innovation Fund, answer any questions stakeholders may have, and solicit feedback on specific elements of the Joint Targeted Call. The IESO will also provide an introduction to the DER Potential Study, in advance of a fulsome presentation and discussion to take place during the September engagement days.

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's August stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.

 

July 20, 2021

Stakeholder webinar - IESO’s York Region Non-Wires Alternative Demonstration Project:

Public webinar where the IESO and Alectra will provide an overview of the second operational year of the IESO’s York Region Non-Wires Alternative Demonstration Project for prospective participants as well as the broader stakeholder community.

Access the IESO’s York Region Non-Wires Alternative Demonstration Project engagement page for further details, meeting materials, and registration.

July 14, 2021

Deadline for stakeholder feedback on topics presented at the June 22nd webinar:  DER Roadmap, OEB/IESO Joint Engagement on DER Integration and Joint Targeted Call on Enabling Resources.

September 1, 2021: IESO Response to Stakeholder Feedback

 

June 22, 2021

 

Stakeholder webinar:

  • The initial meeting of the DER Roadmap engagement will introduce the initiative, identify IESO focus areas and near-term timelines, and highlight a number of key DER initiatives that are underway or will be launched in 2021. The meeting will also to introduce and seek feedback on opportunities for increased collaboration with the OEB and DER demonstration
  • Presentation
  • Feedback form

Recorded Presentation

This webinar was presented during the IESO's June stakeholder engagement sessions, see full agenda for more information.