Rising to the Challenge of Renewables and DERs: Orchestrating Across the Electric Grid & Its Prosumers
- Jan 19, 2021 12:15 am GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2021-01 - State of the Industry, click here for more
The advent of renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) has strained the traditional way of doing things across the electric grid. Most utilities have run pilot projects, looking to anticipate and adapt to the many impacts of renewable power and prosumers. These experiments brought many learnings. Yet now, across the grid, utilities must fully incorporate the rise of renewable energy sources (solar and wind), electric vehicles, battery storage, heat pumps as well as new types of controllable load devices, or risk being overtaken.
Transmission operators perform a balancing act with grid supply and demand every day. Meanwhile Distribution operators work to ensure quality and continuity of service to end-users. Customers and regulators expect this to be done flawlessly. But renewables and DERs are creating unprecedented challenges for the electric grid. Every legacy power engineering paradigm is now being turned upside down. In some geographies, there is now more energy being fed directly at the Distribution level than there is at the Transmission level. Utility leaders need an end-to-end solution to coordinate how they model, monitor, forecast, and ultimately control and dispatch these new resources, across all internal and external systems and stakeholders.
This white paper will examine the complex challenges renewables and DERs represent for transmission and distribution before outlining the need for a coordinated solution to represent and manage them across the modern power grid. Managing these resources can no longer be one department’s pet project. When examining today’s situation, we can see that every single grid operator business process is impacted. Therefore, renewables and DER Orchestration needs to reach throughout every corner of a utility’s organization in a transverse, consistent manner.
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