Streamline DER Interconnection Processes
Leverage decision support with automated screening workflows and analytical methods to streamline your DER interconnection approval assessments.
What is OpenUtilities DER Optioneering?
OpenUtilities DER Optioneering (Powered by Siemens’ PSS®SINCAL) enables a fast-track review process to rapidly evaluate DER interconnection applications using an automated screening method that quickly approves or defers DER interconnection applications for further detailed analysis and study. The fast-track review process combines an initial and supplemental screening mechanism into a single workflow, reducing the need to engage power system engineering resources during the screening stage of an application. Efficiently process interconnection applications, drastically improve customer response time, and engage high-value engineering resources sparingly with an automated screening mechanism. The screening criteria is configurable and customizable to accommodate local government policies and corporate standards.
Conduct initial screening using any GIS system data source
Automate the processing of small and straightforward requests, which require limited review and generally have limited system impact.
Manage regulatory reporting and requirements
Workflow automation as well as records management and document control have an important role in enabling compliance as the regulatory environment evolves. Since every state has its own regulations, the effectiveness of compliance efforts lies with the ability to meet regulatory requirements supported by a digital workflow.
Perform supplemental screening
Further assess whether interconnection applications that fail the initial screening can be safely interconnected using the hosting capacity analysis module to automate calculation functions, such as load flow, short circuit analysis, protection checks with network adoptions, voltage fluctuations due to DER coming online and offline, and so on. Intelligent decision support provides a quick YES or concludes that a more detailed study is required.