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webSmartEnergy: Changing Industry Series: Using Distributed Power to Provide Flexible Grid Services

calcFeb 07, 2017

The management of a distribution grid with high levels of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) is one of the central issues confronting distribution utilities today. The nature of the power DERs and other renewable energy resources provide to the grid is volatile. As a result, Grid Services, including fast frequency response, regulation services, 5-minute dispatch, 10-min dispatch, 30-min dispatch, and hourly scheduling, are needed to help maintain grid reliability and power quality.

A Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) helps utilities harness the reliability, economic, and social values of their power system operations and demand-side assets.
 

A DERMS is needed to manage assets with the below functionalities:

  • Visibility and situational awareness

  • Measurement and verification

  • After-the-fact accounting: Billing and Settlement

To help manage the influx of variable generation in the distribution grid, power utilities need access to alternative resources that can provide frequency response and ancillary Grid Services in an economic manner. With OATI webSmartEnergy solutions, Grid Services can be enabled through coordinated management of various assets at residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.

Click here to request OATI’s Grid Services Solution Brief and learn how to model the unique Grid Services each building can supply, manage and schedule the resulting aggregated Virtual Power Plants (VPPs), and more.