Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2017


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Engineering Technology Management

Course Number

ETM 520/620


Portland General Electric Company -- Management, Distributed generation of electric power -- Oregon, Technology -- Management, Gap analysis (Planning)


For over 100 years, people have been searching for ways to make the electric grid more efficient, resilient, and cost effective. Although there have been many improvements over the years, in the past two decades from; increased concern on climate change, innovation in advance technologies, and political will mounting to become energy independent, there has been a shift in how our grid stakeholders talk future grid improvements for the next 100 years. One of the causes behind this shift is due to greater saturation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) on the grid. This disruptive technology creates many challenges to legacy grid operations and policies. California and New York’s Public Utility Commissions have made significant steps to constructing policies to meet these new challenges in a process called a Distributed Resource Plan (DRP). Our goal in this research is to analyze CPUC and NYPUCs DRP strategies, compare them to Portland General Electric’s (PGE) current state of a similar policies from technical, political, economic, and social points of view, and reach a consensus on where the difference lies. Our analysis technique within this paper utilizes the GAP Analysis Methodology for each of the four points of view. We conclude the document by stating our observations and making predictions for the future state of PGE’s DER implementation and DRP policy.

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