This is the third installment in our five-part series on key trends influencing the grid edge, or the transformation of the electricity grid from a centralized, one-way delivery system to a networked system integrating distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, electric vehicles and flexible electricity loads. This installment focuses on the development of distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) — technology integrations that can identify, monitor, manage and orchestrate multiple classes of DERs as an aggregated whole — and how the past decade of technology development and field trials are beginning to deliver on the DERMS promise.
Grid Edge Mega-Trends: The Challenge of Integrating Distributed Energy Resources on the Grid
DERs are the future of the power grid. Is it a future of expanding value across the grid, or increasing disruption?