DERMS: A Term Gone Too Far?

by Ben Kellison

DER Lifecycle Management Is Not Limited to DERMS

Over the last three years, the definition of a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) has been conflated with legacy applications, broad processes and new point applications. Industry terms of art, such as DERMS, are valuable when they allow us to communicate precisely and with brevity. But when DERMS is expanded to include all functions and processes relating to DER, it loses its usefulness, while creating confusion.

This research note contextualizes DERMS as a key real-time system, among several real-time and off-line systems and applications, that utilities are integrating to develop a broader software-based DER lifecycle management solution to support DER integration.


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Ben Kellison Director, Grid Research

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets.

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