GE Digital announced the first solution resulting from its acquisition of Opus One DERMS

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At DistribuTECH, GE Digital announced the first solution resulting from its acquisition of Opus One Solutions to power the energy transition. Opus One DERMS is a modular end-to-end Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) that can assist utilities on their DERs journey to keep the grid safe, secure, and resilient while enabling energy affordability and customer participation in power generation/contribution. The software combines intelligence, operations, economics, and markets into a modular solution that allows grid operators to connect, see, control, and optimize DERs from a technical and economic standpoint, all while assisting utilities in providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to their customers.

Utilities are currently dealing with growing DER backlogs, a lack of visibility into DER behavior, an inability to intelligently control DERs, and the need to balance market transactions with grid safety. Significant operational risks are created by high distributed power generation intermittency, low grid inertia, and masked loads. As DERs lead to new opportunities such as monetizing surplus energy in wholesale and local markets, utilities must be prudent in their grid investments while meeting growing regulatory compliance.

Opus One DERMS is built to scale with a utility’s needs, using use cases, feeders, and substations as examples. It enables Non-Wires Alternatives (NWA) and facilitates flexibility and transactive markets for Distributed System Operators while assisting utilities in optimizing the growing number of DERs (DSO). This modular software is vendor-agnostic and supports use cases based on a utility’s DER adoption maturity. Utilities can choose the modules they need based on their DER journey or how DER-enabled their Advanced Distributed Management System (ADMS) is. Modules can be integrated with existing ADMS or used independently, depending on the use case. The standards-based architecture was created with flexibility in mind.

“The accelerated growth and volume of DERs that are connecting to the grid create both challenges and opportunities for utilities. With Opus One DERMS, our customers gain a flexible solution for every stage of their modernization and sustainability journey while delivering affordability with customer engagement and market-based business models,”

said Josh Wong, President and CEO of Opus One Solutions from GE Digital.

In April, GE Digital was named in a Leader category of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) 2022 Vendor Assessment 1.

“GE Digital has built a foundation of utility and clean energy expertise to address operational needs in both the renewables and DER integration space. We have been impressed with GE Digital’s level of software innovation and in partnering with the most progressive utility customers globally to meet their DER orchestration and grid optimization challenges. With the company’s recent investment in Opus One Solutions and future product roadmap plans, we see great alignment with the future market need,”

said John Villali, Research Director IDC Energy Insights, and one of the authors of the IDC MarketScape 2022 DERMS report.

Opus One DERMS is built to handle the rapid growth of DERs, ensure grid reliability and resiliency, and assist utilities in meeting regulatory requirements. Beyond basic dispatch and control, the solution can forecast, anticipate, and resolve system violations while optimizing DERs and grid performance over time frames ranging from minutes to weeks and beyond. Opus One DERMS can also act as an aggregator of aggregators for utilities, providing a “single pane of glass” for centralized DER and grid management by consolidating visibility and control across fleets of DERs. When solving a violation on a single distribution feeder, it allows for a very fine granular view, or an aggregated view when solving a violation on a primary substation.

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