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    Distributed Energy Resources Markets Participation

    Introduction and purpose

    The DER Markets Participation initiative is a component of the DER Roadmap. The purpose of the initiative is to investigate the market participation threshold and aggregation with the intent of facilitating DER integration and access to AESO electricity markets, while ensuring the safe, reliable and economic operation of the Alberta electricity system and the fair, efficient and openly competitive market for electricity.  The DER market participation work includes:   

    • Identify barriers to entry for market participation for small DER (<5 MW), if any, in the energy and operating reserves market
    • Review current DER connected to the AIES considering market participation
    • Review minimum size threshold of 5 MW, and assess whether it should be maintained or lowered
    • Consider opportunities for increased DER aggregation
    • Obtain stakeholder input on the above, including the exploration of options
    • If recommended, update any ISO rule changes to foster investor understanding of market expectations to aid them when making future decisions.


    • Session:<br>Oct. 14, 2020
      • Identify issues and explore options for small DER market participation (<5 MW) in the energy and ancillary service markets
      • Review current DER connected to the AIES considering market participation
      • Considerations for aggregation
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues, options, reasons for aggregation
    • <br>Oct 30, 2020
      • Written stakeholder comments due (follow up to the Oct 14, 2020 session)
    • <br>Nov./Dec. 2020
      • AESO consider written feedback
      • Update stakeholders as necessary
      • Develop draft recommendation 
    • <br>Jan. 2021
      • Release DER market participation draft recommendation, considering stakeholder feedback
      • Stakeholder session on DER market participation draft recommendation
      • Stakeholders to provide written comments on the draft recommendation
      • AESO to consider stakeholder feedback and finalize recommendations 
    • <br>Q1 2021
      • Initiate development of draft ISO rules (if recommended) in coordination with the DER Roadmap
    • Oct. 14, 2020 Stakeholder engagement session

      Introduction and purpose

      The purpose of the session is to:

      • Share progress updates on the activities related to the Energy Storage Roadmap and DER Roadmaps.
      • Review of issues and options presented in the Energy Storage long-term markets participation discussion paper and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to ask clarifying questions prior to submitting their written stakeholder comments.
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues identified for Energy Storage long-term markets participation and options to resolve.
      • Share information on DER market participation threshold and aggregation considerations.
      • Seek input from stakeholders on issues identified for DER markets participation and exploration of options to resolve.

      Meeting materials, including a detailed agenda, will be made available to stakeholders prior to the event.

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