Advanced Networking Paradigms for High-DER Distribution Grids

The changes affecting distribution grids had been well documented and considerable work is underway to address these changes in the context of grid modernization. Much of the focus is on components – rooftop solar and controllable inverters, storage, electric vehicles, responsive loads, and building to grid services, or example. Less attention has been paid to the implications for design of distribution level communication networks, yet the need to change distribution communication network design paradigms is profound. This document is not intended to provide new network designs, but is intended to offer new network paradigms from which network architectures can be developed.