The project will take approximately one year to complete and will follow four phases:

Phase 1

Direction setting

3.5 months (June-Sept.)

  Develop a DER vision, guiding principles and goals

  Engage stakeholders to review results of this phase and to receive/incorporate feedback

Phase 2

Data gathering

3.5 months (June-Sept.)

  Assess current and desired future DER configurations

  Review DER technology and market

  Identify system impacts, opportunities, costs and benefits due to DER

  Engage stakeholders to review results of this phase and to receive/incorporate feedback

Phase 3

Gap assessment

2 months (Oct.-Dec.)

  Compare current DER state to desired future state

  Consider range of industry approaches and best practices (where available)

  Identify potential approaches to close gaps (joint planning evaluation, operations and programs)

  Engage stakeholders to review results of this phase and to receive/incorporate feedback

Phase 4

Strategy report development

6 months (Dec.-June)

  Continue to evaluate and discuss DER approaches

  Develop DER strategic plan document

  Engage stakeholders to review results of this phase and to receive/incorporate feedback before finalizing strategy