by Jeff St. John
June 01, 2018

Not every utility has enough rooftop solar and utility-scale renewables to have to worry about “congestion” on the edges of its distribution grid. But the hypothetical town of Gladville does, and Omnetric Group, a joint venture of Siemens and Accenture, thinks a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) could help solve its problems. 

That’s the scenario played out in a white paper released by Omnetric this week, centered on measuring the cost-effectiveness of various solutions to a problem that’s already emerging for a handful of U.S. utilities today. That’s the rise of distributed energy resources — rooftop solar PV now, but electric vehicles, behind-the-meter batteries and net-zero-energy homes and businesses in the future.