Distributed energy resources

frequently asked questions

Platte River and its owner communities formed the DER strategic planning committee composed of one to two members from Platte River and each owner community. Additional utility staff will be involved as needed. Members of the public will be consulted throughout the yearlong process.

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is a membership-based non-profit organization that focuses on grid modernization and decarbonization of the electric system. Members include more than 700 utilities that provide over 70% of the electricity sold in U.S., competitive solution providers as well as governmental organizations focused on energy issues. SEPA’s services include research, education and advisory services and facilitation of industry working groups that focus on DER topics. We have hired SEPA to guide and facilitate strategy development, public stakeholder sessions and to provide research and knowledge of DER integration.

The DER strategy will contain the following elements:

  • A vision for coordinated evaluation, planning, operations, business models and customer programs for integrating DERs
  • A framework for evaluating different approaches to DERs that balances the collective costs and benefits for Platte River, its owner communities and their customers
  • Specific goals for the successful integration of DERs and methods for measuring progress
  • A range of possible program approaches to integrate DERs

Currently, the regional electric system consists of:

  • Generation and transmission systems that are largely owned and operated by Platte River
  • Distribution systems that are owned and operated by the owner communities
  • Homes and businesses within Platte River’s owner communities that contain electricity-consuming, and sometimes electricity-producing/storing equipment

DER technology will provide homes and businesses with greater control over how and when they choose to use, produce and even store energy. Integration means that we will coordinate the planning and operation of generation, transmission and distribution systems, along with DERs, so that all work together to provide a reliable, financially sustainable and environmentally responsible electric system.

Of course. Your participation can influence northern Colorado’s energy future. Platte River, its board of directors and owner communities value your input concerning the way in which we build DERs into a modern, flexible energy grid. Participation from you and your neighbors, local businesses and community leaders will help drive a successful DER strategy.

We encourage you to take part in Platte River’s DER strategic planning process by: