The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Schneider Electric, General Electric, and Smarter Grid Solutions have received a $ 2.2 million award for developing a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to address potential problems the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) should be reduced the power grid.
The New York Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) awarded the funds as part of its Smart Grid Innovation program as part of New York’s overall strategy to meet Governor Cuomo’s goal of zero-emissions electricity by 2040. The project includes a pilot program with Central Hudson Gas & Electric to develop and demonstrate a scalable system that can integrate a large amount of DER into transmission and distribution systems.
“EPRI is proud to continue this effort to develop a control framework for utilities to address challenges posed by integrating large amounts of DER,” said Daniel Brooks, EPRI vice president of integrated grid and energy systems. “EPRI is implementing this important pilot program – and we are developing the technology and protocol requirements so that DERMS can successfully and securely communicate with DER.”
Research seeks to address potential challenges in integrating more DERs into the power grid, overloading distribution and transmission grid components, and overvoltages. The project will also demonstrate how DERMS can be integrated with existing utility back office systems. The results will help utilities integrate higher capacities from renewable energy sources while providing customers with reliable, safe and affordable electricity.
The three companies – Schneider Electric, General Electric and Smarter Grid Solutions – offer insights into operational experience and best practices with DERMS, distribution management systems and energy management systems. These diverse experiences will enable the combined results of the project to provide a wide range of lessons for DER and grid management across the energy industry and provide specific results for Central Hudson Gas & Electric.
New York’s aggressive decarbonization goals and the nationwide expansion of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar require increasing the capacity of the existing power grid while reducing distribution costs for consumers and reducing system upgrades.