MO: PSC seeks comments on swarm of DER issues


The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) has invited public comments on a long list of questions related to distributed energy resources (DERs). The PSC is soliciting these comments as part of an ongoing case addressing electric utility regulation and grid modernization.

Comments are invited on the following questions:

  • What are the current levels of distributed energy resources (DERs) in Missouri?
  • Should previous PSC policy decisions regarding demand-response aggregation be reconsidered?
  • Should a model state tariff be designed?
  • Should changes be made to the integrated resource plan (IRP) process to accommodate increased use of DERs?
  • What information about DERs do regional transmission organizations (RTOs) need? What information do the utilities have? And what information are the utilities providing to RTOs?
  • Is any new behind-the-meter technology or hardware needed to accommodate or facilitate the development of DERs?
  • Will any distribution-system upgrades be required to accommodate or facilitate the development of DERs?
  • What process should be developed to provide for resource accreditation, including consideration of capacity factors?
  • Are there any other issues related to DERs that should be brought to the PSC’s attention?

Comments are due October 20. The PSC has also scheduled workshops in this proceeding on November 20, 2017, and January 9, 2018.