Digital Grid Solutions
Distributed Energy Resources Technology Consulting
Navigating DER strategy from planning to deployment
Across the grid, there are both physical and virtual integrations that are allowing utilities to expand their capabilities through distributed energy resources (DERs). The falling cost and increasing spread of DERs such as renewable energy, storage systems and virtual resources creates opportunities for utilities to rethink their approach to traditional grid operations. But as utilities look to capitalize on the benefits of DERs, they also must understand the challenges.
It is important for utilities to partner with experts who understand the utility industry and the evolving technologies that can solve the business challenges DERs present to the electric utility industry. TRC’s experts are here to guide utilities through the various challenges of the DER integration process.
Determine the right path for DER integration challenges
TRC’s approach to creating a DER framework, strategy and roadmap includes a rapid current state assessment (people, processes and technology) to set the baseline. This is followed by an evaluation of the organization’s future vision and requirements, with a gap assessment providing clear action items and steps required to achieve these goals. Our team develops a business case that assesses the costs and potential benefits of the execution of specific use cases or a full rollout strategy.
DER Strategy, Roadmap and Business Case Development
In order to create a DER framework, strategy and roadmap, TRC’s multi-step approach includes a rapid current state assessment, an evaluation of the organization’s requirements, a gap assessment and a fully developed business case with assessed cost.
Use Case Development
TRC’s team of experts uses a collaborative approach with clients to determine specific use cases that will lend to the development of the DER strategy. TRC is able to analyze each use case and identify opportunities related to the utility’s current initiatives and overall goals.
Solution Requirements Gathering and Design
TRC facilitates workshops with business leaders to identify specific requirements. The requirements for these projects can include process mapping, solution design and blueprinting and guarantee traceability throughout the implementation of the solution.
TRC works seamlessly with client stakeholders, including supply chain, to assist in all phases of the procurement process. This includes gathering documentation, creation for the request for proposal or information, vendor demonstrations and contract negotiations.
Solution Integration Service
After the vendor selection process, TRC’s experts provide system integration services. These services include planning and program set-up through post-production support.
We can help navigate your digital journey
TRC’s knowledge of the utility industry and technology and integration experience helps utilities bridge the gap between current capabilities and future goals through the development of a strategic DER and integration framework. Our process is designed to include a clear definition and assessment of associated business cases, evaluation of the technology landscape and procurement process, and management of implementation and integration of DER solutions.
Solutions for implementing a DER technology strategy
The falling cost and increasing spread of distributed energy resources (DER) such as renewable energy, storage systems and virtual resources creates opportunities for utilities to rethink their approach to traditional grid operations. But as utilities look to capitalize on the benefits of DERs, they also must understand the challenges, including:
- Added complexities to integration and control on the existing distribution network.
- Incorporating DERs into grid planning and managing them efficiently in real-time, while continuing to maintain a safe, reliable and resilient power system.
- Technological advances, regulatory pressures, changing consumer behaviors and third-party vendors all driving change.
Utilities must adapt and prepare with a comprehensive DER integration strategy. To do this successfully, it is important to partner with experts who only understand the utility industry and the evolving technologies that can solve the business challenges DERs present to the electric utility industry.
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Turn to the experts at TRC.