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With the rapid integration of renewables and distributed technologies into the grid, utilities can no longer feasibly address the challenges of maintaining power quality, balancing supply and demand in real time, and ensuring adequate distribution infrastructure capacity with their old systems.

Utilities need a distributed intelligence platform to push computing to the grid edge and leverage devices to communicate quickly and reliably. The evolution of demand response into distributed energy management can address some of these challenges by automating and supporting the processes necessary to manage distributed energy resources (DERs). How can utilities adapt a holistic DER management strategy that utilizes grid edge computing?

This paper will explore:

  • The current state of demand response and DER management for utilities
  • The role devices and grid edge computing play in DER management
  • The challenges and benefits of distributed intelligence platforms for DER management