Various vendors offer grid edge smart distribution devices that promise improved photovoltaic (PV) integration, loss reduction, peak demand reduction, and other advantages. The relatively low cost and autonomous operation of such Smart Devices make them potentially enticing options for utilities to soften the impact of PV on their distribution feeders and provide other benefits. NRECA and DSTAR sponsored a recent independent third-party evaluation of commercially available Smart Devices and their potential benefits for distribution systems. This advisory provides an overview; and the full report will be available early next year.

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