DERMS Benefit Utility Customers
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- Feb 26, 2021 11:30 am GMTFeb 26, 2021 12:05 am GMT
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Behind-the-meter distributed energy resources (DERs) are becoming more prevalent. According to POWER, “In the U.S., there are now about 15 million smart thermostats, 2 million solar installations, and 1.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road.” This increase is changing the flow of electric power from a one-way process (from utility to customer) to a two-way or even multi-way process as customers send power back to the utility or to other customers. DERs can help grid operators build a more reliable, flexible distribution network.
Distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) are the applications that control these resources and are beneficial to utilities as well as their customers. They bring together a wide range of information that is processed by sophisticated algorithms and can be used on a utility or microgrid scale. Using a DERMS system to manage a collection of DERs is akin to creating a virtual power plant (VPP) that can be controlled for reliability and cost-efficiency. Hanna Grene, writing for Energy Central, states, “DERMS…are the key to unlocking community renewable energy potential.”