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Management of Distributed Energy

Renewable energy technologies are transforming utility operations in significant ways. Focused investment in solar, electric vehicles, and energy storage solutions has brought renewable technologies into the mainstream. After decades of resistance, utilities have started embracing these new technologies. For many utilities in developed markets, the deployment of these technologies creates a business imperative to improve a lagging demand for electricity and hence long-term business sustainability. 

However, renewable technology integration creates large operational challenges. If not managed, these technologies can deteriorate the stability and reliability of electricity grids. Contrary to the belief that distributed generation can improve voltages in long distribution feeders, these technologies may create harmonics and stability issues in weak grids. Utilities need to understand the impacts of renewable technologies, grid design, and technology integration to take advantage of clean and sustainable technologies. Utilities need to examine the resilience of their current grids and what is necessary to manage renewable integration.

Use Case Development

More than 70% of the utilities believe that Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS) will be key to operation planning and management in next 1-3 years. Vrinda helps customers define valuable use cases to demonstrate business value of the DERMS investments.

DER Management is a hot topic debated by our utility clients. What level of DERs should be monitored, controlled or managed? What is the value of the management of DERs, who get this value? Vrinda is working with utility senior executives to define DER management strategy driven by operational efficiency and business value creation.

DER Management Strategy Planning