EPRI addressing DMS challenges

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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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