EPRI addressing DMS challenges

EPRI addressing DMS challenges


Ongoing EPRI research is exploring how Distribution Management Systems (DMS) can utilize distributed resources like solar photovoltaics and battery storage more effectively for electric distribution utilities.

A central part of grid modernization is DMS which integrates numerous remote monitoring and central control facilities with enterprise-level systems to optimize distribution system performance and accomplish a variety of utility goals.

The research reveals some challenging areas:

  • Adding methods for distribution to deal with distributed solar generation; mapping smart inverter function with enterprise-level systems
  • Grid supportive capabilities of distributed energy resources (DER) must complement, not replace, existing distribution controls, such as capacitors, regulators and switches
  • Enterprise integration standards are needed to support DMS and DER  harmonization

EPRI, DOE, and NIST have launched an initiative to accelerate developments to meet these needs. 

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