SEPA Releases Standardized DERMS Requirements Document for Comment

Industry Players are Invited to Review and Contribute

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) today released a draft comprehensive requirements document for Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS) and now welcomes review and comments from industry participants.

To create the DERMS requirements document, SEPA began working with a utilities-only working group in January 2016. Co-led by representatives from Southern California Edison, Duke Energy and ComEd, the working group convened as a means of ensuring utilities reduced their risks of procuring a system that falls short of their operational requirements. Additionally, these requirements will inform and guide industry solution providers in their own product development efforts.
"We are committed to facilitating these important conversations in our industry to accelerate the transformation required to accommodate DERs," said Sharon Allan, SEPA Chief Innovation Officer. "We welcome industry feedback on the DERMS requirements and expect to create other requirements documents in the future to foster innovation and hasten deployments."
"We chose to collaborate with peers to gain a wide-angle view of the grid impacts DERs present and how utilities might best meet them," said Erik Takayesu, Director Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison. "This document represents informed observations from utility professionals in operations, strategy and information technology functions. We're eager to see industry comments as we innovate solutions for our grid of the future."
After months of meetings, the SEPA Grid Management Working Group invites new industry participants from both the utility and the vendor communities to review its draft DERMS Requirements document and submit commentary. Download it at DermsTerms.org.
SEPA also plans to conduct a meeting on January 22, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas in association with DistribuTECH 2018. To attend the meeting, contact sallan@sepapower.org.
Media contact: Gabrielle Puccio, gpuccio@sepapower.org or 919.610.6694.

About SEPA
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the utility industry's smart transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International and winner of the Keystone Policy Center's 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.

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