Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Spring 2020


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Major Professor

Joseph Zambreno


Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering


Traditionally, electric utility companies measure and monitor the loading of their system at the head of the distribution feeders. In an age where the adoption of distributed generation (DG), most notably customer-owned solar, is rapidly increasing, there are several interesting challenges that utilities must overcome. First, it is hard for the utility to know the native load of their system. Second, since the adoption of customer-owned solar is rapid and not evenly distributed there is the risk of high and low voltage due to the rapid changes that can occur with solar generation. The utility company involved in this work has observed these voltage issues and has begun to look at utility-scale battery storage and microgrids as a potential solution. This work describes a method to estimate the native load in an area that has a high amount of DG and uses this data to develop potential designs of a microgrid for the utility in the future.

Copyright Owner

Pickering, Shelby

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