Jul 14, 2020

Getting ready for a renewable energy future

As the energy landscape evolves, more and more customers are adopting distributed energy resources like solar power.

PPL Electric is not only making it easier for them to connect to the grid, we are continuously pushing the envelope and bolstering our distribution system for a distributed energy resources-enabled smart grid future.

Over the past five years, PPL Electric has demonstrated its foresight and leadership through the development of its industry-leading smart grid and distribution management system. This system, which comprises centrally managed control and modelling systems, is informed and operated by more than 4,500 distribution automation smart devices across the utility’s 10,000-square-mile service territory.

Years of experience with this distribution management system, along with a commitment to reliability and customer satisfaction, have positioned PPL Electric to create and innovate products that will define the grid of the future, especially those related to automated distributed energy resources and grid interactions.

One of those innovations is the utility’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System.

PPL Electric’s Distributed Energy Resource Management System is a marriage of cutting-edge technologies: a control system for massive aggregations of distributed energy resources and a fully integrated distribution management system. Its development resulted in PPL Electric being named the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s Investor-Owned Utility of the Year in 2019.

PPL Electric’s distributed energy resource management system and solar forecasting engine were fully operational in early October 2019.