EPRI Launches New Tool to Increase Grid Flexibility for the Clean Energy Transition

Press Release from Electric Power Research Institute Inc

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has launched the new Distributed Energy Resource Value Estimation Tool (DER-VET™) to increase grid flexibility as more distributed energy resources (DER) are integrated into a cleaner electric grid.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) (PRNewsfoto/EPRI)

The tool provides a free, publicly accessible, open-source platform for calculating, understanding, and optimizing the value of DER based on their technical merits and constraints. DER-VET was developed in collaboration with the California Energy Commission (CEC).

"DER-VET empowers developers, utilities, and regulators across the electric power industry to make better-informed DER application decisions based on a comprehensive, real-world dataset," said Daniel Brooks, Vice President of Integrated Grid and Energy Systems at EPRI. "Innovative tools are essential to capturing more value from increasingly complex DER solutions that enable greater electric grid flexibility and reliability."

An extension of EPRI's StorageVET® tool, DER-VET supports site-specific assessments for energy storage and additional DER technologies. Applications across the grid include valuations and impacts of energy storage, solar, wind, demand response, electric vehicle (EV) charging, internal combustion engines, and combined heat and power—in different configurations, such as microgrids. Site conditions, load, and other data are used to determine the optimal size, duration, and other operational characteristics for maximizing DER project benefits.

"Investments in clean energy innovation, such as the CEC's EPIC grant supporting the development of DER-VET, are critical to accelerating California's transition to a carbon-free energy system," said David Hochschild, Chair, CEC. "This tool is another important link in making better use of, and better integrating, our renewable and distributed energy resources supporting a more dynamic, responsive, and reliable grid."

StorageVET®, EPRI's storage value estimation tool and the predecessor to DER-VET, helps decision makers determine where to place and install energy storage, the optimum size, and which controls to include. StorageVET also improves energy storage project planning by enabling rapid analysis of scenarios with different storage sizes, costs, and value streams.

Download DER-VET V1.0 software for free now at www.der-vet.com. The source code is also available on GitHub, at www.github.com/epri-dev/dervet.

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Samantha Gilman
Communication Manager

About EPRI
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI members represent 90% of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States with international participation extending to 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Dallas, Texas; Lenox, Mass.; and Washington, D.C.

About the California Energy Commission
The CEC is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, and preparing for energy emergencies.

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