Dominion Energy Virginia taps Generac Concerto platform for DER management
Dominion Energy Virginia has chosen Generac’s Concerto platform to manage the utility’s various distributed energy resources. Dominion will use Concerto for grid reliability, in addition to creating value for consumers by enabling approved DERs to participate in existing programs or through the PJM wholesale electricity market.
The Concerto platform can be used to access and manage both current and planned DERs, including smaller behind-the-meter devices owned by consumers and involved in virtual power plants (VPPs). The platform will also help Dominion Energy manage large front-of-meter devices, such as solar and energy storage. Concerto will help unify Dominion Energy Virginia’s growing fleet of distributed energy resources through a direct connection to its utility management systems, creating a simple, reliable and unified DER management experience. This investment is part of the company’s larger grid transformation plan.
“Generac Grid Services is pleased to support Dominion Energy in this important project,” said James Carr, president of Generac Grid Services. “This is a groundbreaking implementation of enterprise-level DER management systems that will aggregate many different types of DERs, integrate them into utility systems, and be used for both basic and advanced distribution optimization applications.”
The Concerto platform will be integrated into Dominion Energy’s advanced distribution management system and will process information such as weather data, network conditions, demand forecasts and utility customer needs to identify distribution system issues and quickly steer the right mix of DERs to deal with. react. Dominion Energy Virginia can also leverage the Concerto platform to balance supply and demand on its network by providing advanced use cases, including real-time voltage support at specific locations.
“Concerto enables us to monitor, control and optimize increasing levels of DERs on our system to maintain the secure and reliable network our customers expect,” said Robbie Wright, VP of Grid & Technical Solutions, Dominion Energy. “This is an important part of our effort to modernize the power grid and we look forward to implementing it.”
The upcoming implementation of FERC Order 2222 rules will enable DERs to compete on a level playing field in the capacity, energy and ancillary services markets. Under the Concerto platform, Dominion Energy will enable customers with approved DERs to participate in the PJM Wholesale Electricity Market, a regional transmission organization that coordinates the movement of electricity between 13 states and the District of Colombia. The Concerto platform works with multiple vendors, highlighting Generac Grid Services’ commitment to a robust and future-proof ecosystem of distributed energy resources that enables Dominion Energy to maximize the value and choice they can offer their customers for distributed energy initiatives .
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