Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Hierarchical Classification of Use Cases and the Process for Developing Information Exchange Requirements and Object Models
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Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Hierarchical Classification of Use Cases and the Process for Developing Information Exchange Requirements and Object Models

  • Information on DER hierarchical architecture, variations in DER configurations, and DER functions
  • Authored by technical experts from government, industry, and academia
  • Useful for a broad range of smart grid stakeholders, including utilities, manufacturers, energy service providers, academic researchers, regulators, and consumer and pu

Understanding and organizing the DER landscape

The landscape of the electricity sector is beginning to shift dramatically because of the increasing presence of distributed energy resources (DER). The changes are being driven by new technology, new regulations, new business models, and users’ requests for greater control and better management of their energy needs and assets. As these significant changes arrive, it is essential that decision-makers have both a big picture of the overall evolving DER landscape and a more detailed understanding of the possible challenges and opportunities that could affect their stakeholder organizations.

This white paper develops a methodology for categorizing the vast number of DER use cases in order to better understand these challenges and opportunities and to help coordinate the communication requirements across the different DER scenarios. The paper includes some detailed examples of how to develop information exchange requirements and object models based on the suggested categorization methodology.

What’s in the report

  • Hierarchical architectures of DER systems
  • Advanced DER functions to support grid operations
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) requirements
  • Categorization of DER systems
  • Gap analysis of DER use cases
  • Conclusions and next steps

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