Integration of Responsive Residential Loads into Distribution Management Systems

The Need. Cost effectively aggregating responses of small commercial and residential loads would improve the grid’s operational efficiency and reliability.

Objective. This objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate home energy management system (HEMS) as an interface to enable seamless aggregation and disaggregation of residential distributed energy resources (DERs) using open communication interfaces and advanced distributed controls to improve the economics and resilience of grid operations. This project will perform field evaluation to demonstrate advanced controls supporting distribution resiliency and end-to-end interoperability.

Planned Outcome. This project will validate interoperability and viability of distribution systems design. Open-source specification and reference implementation will help utilities and co-ops to enable residential loads for grid services.