Earlier this month the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) was pleased to release Connecting Devices: A Best Practice Guide for Standardized DER Connections Version 2. The experience of DER proponents and utility experts alike were tapped to inform this guide.

This guide builds on the recommendations contained in the first version that we released last year, and you can access it here: https://bit.ly/3n6IusP.

The new version of the guide reviews current practices of local hydro utilities/LDCs when connecting distributed energy resources (DERs). The recommendations within the guide deal with:
- Enhancing communication with DER proponents and customers
- the need for clear documentation, and
- regular conferences that will promote information sharing.

The recommendations are aimed at improving both customers’ and proponents’ experiences; they are practical, timely, and are readily implementable. We anticipate that operationalizing the guide's recommendations will support the continuing evolution of the grid and enable further growth in DERs in Ontario.

We hope you will take a minute to read the guide. We would like to take this opportunity to thank those DER proponents and LDCs who were interviewed for this important project.