PLMA Load Management Leadership Interest Group Discussions
PLMA Interest Group Discussion

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Distributed Energy Resource Management System Software Selection

with Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric; Jim Musilek, North Carolina EMC; Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy; Lee Hall, BPA; Paul Wassink, National Grid; and John Brown, Skipping Stone

Aired on Thursday, September 13, 2018
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

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This Web discussion will bring together a panel of experts to share their experiences and best practices in selecting the right vendor and solution for a Distributed Energy Resource Management System DERMS.

The growth and adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), renewables, microgrids, and other local energy resources is accelerating at an unprecedented rate. Energy companies are looking for more effective software solutions to help them manage this growth and to operate the grid to better take advantage of these devices. However, the software landscape is in flux with a myriad of solutions that each seem to have a differing view as to what really makes up a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS). You can shift the odds to your favor by adopting leading practices for software selection and laying a solid foundation for the selection through proper selection preparation.

Panelists included:

Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric

Rich Barone
Hawaiian Electric

Jim Musilek, North Carolina EMC

Jim Musilek
North Carolina EMC

Derek Kirchner, DTE Energy

Derek Kirchner
DTE Energy

Lee Hall, ENGIE

Lee Hall
Bonneville Power Administration

Paul Wassink, National Grid

Paul Wassink
National Grid

John Brown, Skipping Stone

Moderator: John Brown
Skipping Stone

Report mentioned during the discussion:


Bonneville Power Administration Distributed Energy Resource Benchmarking Report
BPA staff met with 12 entities throughout 2017 to better understand how they are using and enabling DERs within their organizations and service territories. We learned about the types of DERs utilities are working with, how they are integrating them, programs available to customers, enabling technologies and future plans for each of the entities. This report provides summaries of what we learned during these discussions.