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The study overview provides a synopsis of the series of reports. It includes major contributors, explains the document framework and discusses the various perspectives used when writing the study.

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Securing Oklahoma's Energy Future: Creating a resilient grid

Utilities in the State of Oklahoma are experiencing unprecedented growth from oil and gas production. This growth presents challenges on multiple fronts and is transforming the system planning model. Challenges the energy industry is currently facing include:

  • Lack of coordination between producers, utilities and regulatory bodies
  • Multiple dynamics associated with growth, competitive forces, load characteristics and overall understanding of technology
  • Expectations and demands of consumers on each end of the pendulum
  • Protection of current model and assumptions of threats and opportunities
  • New entrants (contractors, suppliers and engineers) who do not understand the complexities of the grid, regulations, safety and state statutes
  • Growth, opportunities, timeline demands and ultimately money is out in front of proper planning and execution of a well-engineered plan that can sustain reliability and affordability
These challenges also present a tremendous opportunity to align new technologies in the “smart grid,” but will require more collaboration, collective intelligence and business analytics.

Multiple options are being evaluated within the DER/Microgrid study along with the following key elements:
  • Load characteristics
  • Location
  • Characteristics for each site and aggregate
  • Optimal supply options
  • Need and cost of distribution facilities
  • Generation that meets demand and can be economically evaluated
  • Smart micogrid technology
  • Market /rate/tariff of available distribution system
Document Structure

The structure of the document is a key value proposition of this study. As noted within the following illustration each element of the document structure provides a comprehensive breakdown leading to increased analysis. The goals and objectives of this approach is to ensure that the study provides:
 An extensive evaluation of core foundations that will ultimately be required to move DG/MG forward in a responsible way.

  • Increased understanding of critical implications 
  • Enabling all energy sectors and participants to engage within the development process
  • Enhance the overall outcomes.  Outcomes that lead to positive, responsive and relevant change.
  • Provide each sector a more comprehensive report with solutions that are targeted but also integrated with all other sectors. 
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