On October 8, 2018, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Nevada approved an Order requiring Nevada’s public electric utility, NV Energy, to incorporate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as solar and energy storage, into its three-year system plan. The Order, in meeting the requirements of Senate Bill 146, requires NV Energy to submit a Distributed Resources Plan (DRP) as part of its triennial integrated resource plan.
This Order puts Nevada alongside leading states, such as California, Hawaii, and New York, in requiring that utilities take DERs into consideration as part of their system planning processes. This is a notable commitment to DER integration in a state that has been widely publicized for its contentious removal of net metering without a grandfathering clause for existing solar customers. Through the required distribution planning forecasts and analyses and by requiring integration with the resources plan, Nevada has elevated the role of DERs to meet grid needs. As the DRPs are developed and reviewed in Nevada, we’ll have another approach to look to—in addition to the in-flight proceedings in California, New York, and Hawaii—in determining the best way to plan for DERs.
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