Nathaniel Enders We agree with this GTM article that utilities and grid operators need access to real-time distributed energy resource (DER) data. A solution we propose is structuring DER data into DER asset registries. 3-Step Process:
Install a DER asset w/ provisions for real-time energy data capture & monitoring
Structure DER attributes (e.g. location, system size, operational parameters) in an asset registry to create a unique digital identity for the asset
Provide access to an energy data layer that provides real-time insights into how the asset is being operated and/or available for future operation
To function properly, innovative enhancements to existing regulation and market designs are required to provide necessary price signals and compensation mechanisms for DER provided grid services. This will allow DERs to become economic actors in existing markets and allow asset owners to extract more value from their assets.