• Distributed Energy Resources Management
  • DER
  • Utility Technologies
  • Utilities

Providing an End-to-End Approach to DER Integration

Roberto Rodriguez Labastida
Oct 05, 2021

Guidehouse Insights

In a previous blog, my colleague Michael Kelly presented how utilities can benefit by using a system of systems approach to distributed energy resources management systems (DERMSs). This approach combines a grid topology-aware dynamic network model, data management, an integration layer, and automation to enable a single view across a utility’s different systems. A system of systems architecture is a high value implementation approach that is compatible with a utility’s existing systems and data processes.

This approach also solves a problem that utilities are facing. For those that have deployed successful but siloed point solutions to address DER needs, replacing these solutions would be complex, expensive, and at risk of breaking something that is already in operation. At the same time, these old platforms limit a utility’s ability to integrate new DER and variable generation assets into the grid. The system of systems approach allows utilities to keep the systems they use and like while providing an additional layer that allows them to move forward with the integration of more or new types of DER.

A System of Systems Can Coordinate DER

In a white paper commissioned by mPrest, Guidehouse Insights examines how the company’s DERMS solution is using this system of systems approach to address the complex dilemmas and tradeoffs facing utilities in their DER management strategies. The mPrest DERMS solution (mDERMS) is an example of a single pane of glass orchestration platform that is simple to install and inexpensive to maintain and upgrade. The system supports all industry standards and is vendor agnostic, making it easy to integrate with existing enterprise IT and operational technology systems.

In Guidehouse Insights’ upcoming webinar, mPrest CEO Andy Bennett, Anthony James from Southern California Edison, and Jason Autrey from Southern Company will share their experiences with the introduction of DERMS into their toolboxes. This webinar will explore the system of systems approach in practice and provide a practical view on the following questions:

  • If I have an advanced distribution management system, do I need a DERMS?
  • How can utilities use DERMSs to support their current systems, and why are these needed now?
  • How can a DERMS improve switching accuracy and safety?
  • How can a DERMS help manage voltage profiles?