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Optimizing DER Integration and Grid Management with DERMS and ADMS

Published by Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research) Product code 731137
Published Content info 20 Pages; 6 Tables, Charts & Figures
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Optimizing DER Integration and Grid Management with DERMS and ADMS
Published: October 23, 2018 Content info: 20 Pages; 6 Tables, Charts & Figures

The global electric power industry is facing a fundamental shift from centralized generation toward a mix of distributed energy resources (DER) and smart grid solutions. This mix, known as the Energy Cloud, is challenging utilities that must manage and control an ever more complex electrical grid. Advanced software solutions are increasingly required for utilities to adjust to this changing landscape. While dozens of solutions are being explored by utilities, advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs) and DER management systems (DERMSs) are emerging as consensus winners in the Energy Cloud future.

As grid operators globally face new challenges, those charged with managing the grid are turning to sophisticated IT systems. The Energy Cloud breaks the existing linear value chain and causes significant disruption to energy suppliers and network managers. Navigant Research anticipates that distribution network operators will transform into distribution service orchestrators responsible for more than just network operations. New business models will require new IT infrastructure, which relies heavily on the analysis of huge volumes of data. Electric utilities will rely on the integration of existing ADMSs and DERMSs to effectively manage these changing business and network conditions. The global market for these management solutions is expected to grow across all markets as utilities look to improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and mitigate the disruptive impacts of DER.

This Navigant Research report examines the drivers behind ADMS and DERMS deployments and how these solutions enable the Energy Cloud transition. The study discusses evolving needs in the electric power industry today, explores new business models, and compares investments in ADMSs and DERMSs to those in other IT systems. It also explains why utility planning is critical for seamless deployments of ADMSs and DERMSs and provides recommendations for stakeholders on how to target this nascent market.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • What major factors are leading utilities to reassess their grid management strategies?
  • Why are utilities increasingly demanding a modular approach to IT?
  • What factors are helping to drive the market for advanced distribution management system (ADMS) and DER management system (DERMS) solutions?
  • What factors are inhibiting the market potential for ADMSs and DERMSs?
  • What are the major capability gaps among ADMS and DERMS solutions?
  • What are the most important trends in the ADMS and DERMS space today?
  • How large is the market for ADMSs and DERMSs relative to other smart grid IT systems?

Who Needs This Report:

  • Utilities and grid operators
  • DER owners
  • Smart grid vendors and service providers
  • Non-utility providers
  • Systems integrators
  • Government agencies
  • Research community
  • Investor community
Table of Contents
Product Code: SI-ADMS-18

Table of Contents




Solution Definitions

The Energy Cloud Demands New Grid Management Solutions

ADMSs and DERMSs Enable the Energy Cloud Transition

  • Traditional Distribution Management Systems Will Be Insufficient
  • Evolving Needs Demand a Modular IT Approach
  • Smart Grid Demands Sophisticated ADMSs
  • DER Is Driving the Need for ADMSs and DERMSs
  • Real-Time Control Is Required
  • Value Stacking through Integration
  • New Business Models Rely on New IT Infrastructure
  • Meeting Regulatory Compliance Requirements
  • Moving to TE

ADMS and DERMS Investments Are Growing at a Faster Pace Than Other IT Systems

  • Growing Vendor Landscape

Utility Planning Is Critical for Seamless Deployments

  • Communications Networks Must Be Extended and Enhanced
  • Compensation and Incentives Will Be Required
  • Data Integrity Is Critical
  • Solid Change Management Processes Should Be Established

Vendors Must Focus on Flexibility and Functionality

  • Improve Administrative and Procedural Functionality
  • Develop Integration Expertise
  • Integrate DRMSs with Other Systems and Expand Capabilities
  • Focus on Interoperability as a Core Component
  • Provide Higher Level Granularity
  • Keep an Eye on Software as a Service
  • Maintain Flexibility
  • Enable Modularity to Become the Norm
  • Evolve Capabilities in Real-Time Control
  • Remain Price Competitive Because ROI Will Always Be Vital
  • Develop Standardized Product Delineation

List of Charts and Figures

  • The Energy Cloud
  • Annual Installed DER Power Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Smart Grid IT Revenue by System, World Markets: 2018 and 2026
  • Year-over-Year Smart Grid IT Revenue Growth by System, World Markets: 2018-2026

List of Tables

  • Solution Definitions
  • ADMS and DERMS Vendor Landscape
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