Talking and energy revolution: The DER challenge
With DERs, a dynamic, complex, multi-directional Internet of Things (IoT) like environment is emerging. A lack of common standards and the variable nature of renewable sources has led to difficulties in the integration and interoperation of renewables within the complex, multi-vendor operating systems used by today’s utilities.
Integrating diverse energy systems into the main grid—while still responding to the ever-present pressures of building business value, leveraging the full potential of existing assets, and saving costs—forces utilities to take a fresh look at grid operations and their strategies for achieving reliability, security, resilience and stability. Integrating DERs implies new business models, fresh ways to engage customers, integrated business and system planning, grid automation, more robust cybersecurity and better use of data.
Read our perspectives to explore DER integration considerations and strategies
OMNETRIC Group positioned well in the DERMS market space, according to IDC
In its IDC MarketScape North America DERMS Strategic Consultants and SIs 2017 Vendor Assessment, IDC had this to say about OMNETRIC Group:
OMNETRIC Group provides its utility customers an integrated view of data and operations, reduced risks, flexible control of DERs, greater process digitization, and a smart grid platform in which to innovate.
OMNETRIC Group has made efforts to support further developments of open architectures and is proactive in partnering rather than developing additional functionality when available, which can save on project time and costs.
DERMS – The new superman for utility systems?
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? What is DERMS exactly? Ask a utility and you’ll likely get a subjective response. Some of the factors affecting the response given might be speciﬁc regulatory drivers and resulting DER integration policy, forecasted penetration of renewables in the utility's service area or considerations related to existing systems that they have in place oﬀering some, but not all, of the capabilities required to plan and manage a decentralized grid. Vendors might deﬁne DERMS in the context of their own ﬂagship product.
At OMNETRIC, we think that DERMS is best deﬁned in terms of new business processes and the capabilities required to enable them. Additionally, a ﬂexible analytics-based approach, supported by a tiered, distributed intelligence architecture for coordination and control, is instrumental to enabling a DERMS solution that can address use cases and requirements now and in the future.
NREL: Addressing the challenge of integrating renewable energy to the electric grid
The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) project INTEGRATE brings together Duke Energy, CPS Energy and The University of Texas at San Antonio with OMNETRIC Group and Siemens to advance renewable energy projects and resolve the current limitations utilities face when integrating renewable energy sources into the grid. First successfully verified at NREL, grid technology is being demonstrated in a test bed using live microgrid conditions. The success of the field testing promises a future of increased renewable energy use across the world, as integration with legacy systems becomes easier, faster and more manageable.
Wabash Valley Power: using demand response to manage load and lower member energy costs
Wabash Valley Power, a not-for-profit generation and transmission electric cooperative, uses demand response to meet its capacity needs and generate savings for the homes, schools and businesses it serves. The solution we developed will enable the co-op to better handle wholesale electricity costs, driving greater consumer savings. In addition, the solution – based on Siemens Distributed Energy Management System (DEMS 4.1) – will enable the co-op to integrate demand management with direct control of distributed energy resources to optimize how the grid is balanced. Once the grid is stabilized, more renewable energy resources can be used to generate power, thereby enabling the co-op to offer greater reliability, lower costs and deliver more services.
City of Rotterdam: On the road to energy neutrality
Our partnership with Siemens, The City of Rotterdam, Stedin and Lyv Smart Living, sees us implementing a distributed energy management system designed to enable the city to manage energy demand and generation, and become energy neutral by 2050. The implementation is thought to be the largest project of its kind in Europe with a target of 20,000 connections (smart homes, businesses, industry, renewable production, etc.) within its city limits connected to the energy sharing system in the next three years.