Demand Response Management
The smart grid and its related technology created a paradigm shift in the industry. Consumers now have the option to generate their own power with rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines and can sell power back to the grid. Smart appliances can be controlled to run based on the price of electricity. Electric vehicles can be used as batteries, thus can sell power back into the grid.
All these changes are creating a new level of complexity for the electric utilities. They still have to supply reliable power to their customers. They still have to optimize their use of available resources in order to manage peak loads within the constraints of the grid. Additionally, they have to offer attractive packages to retain current customers and to sign new ones.
GE’s award-winning DRBizNet Demand Response Management System (DRMS) is used in 27 states in the USA by over 200 organizations managing over 10,000 MW of DR from over 1,000,000 end-users, including over 10,000 commercial and industrial customers.
Demand Response Management System
As demand response programs are becoming more and more popular with residential, commercial, and industrial customers, and as new intelligent devices and technologies are entering the demand response market, utilities need a flexible, easy to manage, standards-based system demand response management command and control system.
DRBizNet is the perfect solution for utilities. An one-stop-shop solution, DRBizNet handles all aspects of demand response management: program creation, marketing program performance tracking, customer enrollment, device installation scheduling, device asset management, work order management of field installation of the demand response devices, capacity forecasting, dispatch optimization, event creation, customer event notification, event dispatching, tracking of customers’ participation, real-time performance monitoring, measurement and verification of participation, calculating settlements, providing reports, and acting as the system of record for all activities to demand response for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
DRBizNet incorporates dynamic resource modeling, DR capacity forecasting, optimized dispatch, real-time resource tracking, and state-of-the-art performance evaluation techniques. DRBizNet integrates and automates the exchange of demand response (DR) related data and events across the utility including linking Customer Information System (CIS), Meter Data Management (MDM), weather feeds, multiple load management control systems, SCADA, settlements, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and telephony systems.
Demand Response Management System
A demand response management system (DRMS) is the operational control system used to provide command and control capabilities over a utility’s entire portfolio of demand response programs, locations, and end devices for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Select elements from GE’s award winning DRBizNet have been re-packaged into DRBizNet Lite for a low cost, high value, rapidly deployable solution appropriate for simple demand response requirements.
Ideal for rapid deployment, DRBizNet Lite can be ready within 30 days using out-of-the-box features to help utilities reduce peak load, avoid high spot prices and minimize coincident peak load, and balance intermittent wind and solar. Features include: choice of two pre-configured demand response programs, program enrollment, device provisioning and testing, device asset management, capacity forecasting, event creation, customer event notification, device dispatching, tracking customer participation, providing reporting, and acting as the system of record for activities related to demand response for residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
DRBizNet Lite can be hosted or deployed on premise within the utility’s existing IT environment.