Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems 2014: Technologies, Deployments and Opportunities

by Omar Saadeh

Spurred by diminishing deployment costs, transforming regulatory environments, and changing consumer behavior, the past decade has seen the beginning of a fundamental shift toward the decentralization of generation. The proliferation of distributed generation is creating an undeniably profound and real effect on the utility industry, not only threatening to disrupt the present business models, but furthermore jeopardizing grid stability.

A Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) is a software-based solution that increases an operator’s real-time visibility into its underlying distributed asset capabilities. Through such a system, distribution utilities will have the heightened level of control and flexibility necessary to more effectively manage the technical challenges posed by an increasingly distributed grid. While the global DERMS market is fairly nascent, regions with higher distributed and renewable generation penetration tend to have a higher degree of adoption. The DERMS market can be segmented into three distinct groups: demand response-driven, supply-driven, and a more comprehensive Mixed Asset system solution, each highly customizable on a project-by-project basis.

FIGURE: Key DERMS Functionalities

Source: GTM Research

Different vendors have approached this market from a variety of perspectives and with diverse experiences. By leveraging existing technologies and participating in global development and funding opportunities, players are firmly establishing themselves in this developing market. As escalating consumer DER adoption proliferates, utilities will continue to implement strategies aimed at mitigating the technical and economic challenges of the distribution grid. Such a strong correlation has motivated a large movement toward further development and adoption of this technology, suggesting a potentially optimistic near-future.

The report includes:

  • Comprehensive market analysis and description
  • Industry drivers, trends, barriers, and technology evolution
  • North American and selected international (France, Germany, and Japan) case studies and initiatives
  • Market taxonomies and competitive vendor/utility landscapes
  • North American market sizing and forecast

Companies discussed in the report include:

ABB | Accenture | Alstom | Bit Stew Systems | Bonneville Power Administration | BPL Global | Burbank W&P | Calico Energy | CEZ Group | Cisco | Comverge | Dong Energy | DTE | Duke Energy | E.ON | EDF | Enbala Power Networks | Enel | Energie AG | Energie NB Power | Enernoc | EPB Chatanooga | EPRI | ERDF | Fraunhofer Energie | GE | HECO | HEDNO | Hitachi | Iberdrola | IBM | Integral Analytics | Itron | KCP&L | Leidos | LocalGrid Technologies | Maritime Electric | Mark-E | MECO | NEDO | Nova Scotia Power | OATI | PECO | Power Generation Services | RWE | Saft | Saint John Electric | Schneider Electric | SDG&E | Siemens | Silver Spring Networks | Smarter Grid Solutions | Spirae | Toronto Hydro | Toshiba | Vattenfall | Ventyx | Veolia | Viridity Energy

Please contact Tate Ishimuro (ishimuro@greentechmedia.com) for more information.

Omar Saadeh Senior Analyst, Grid Edge

Omar Saadeh is a Senior Analyst with GTM Research and is the lead author of the Grid Edge Customer Network executive briefings. Omar has published numerous utility and smart grid market reports covering policy development, the competitive technology landscape, market evolution and business model economics. He has delivered keynote presentations at industry conferences and has contributed to publications such as Bloomberg, ComputerWorld, E&E’s ClimateWire, PV-Tech, Utility Dive, Yahoo News, and others.

Before joining GTM Research, Omar completed a Master of Engineering degree in power engineering at McGill University, where he was awarded a Graduate Excellence Fellowship, authored research for IEEE and Cigré, and contributed as a staff writer to The McGill Daily. He has also worked as a building efficiency sales associate at Johnson Controls and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University with a minor in economics.

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