Seven States Power is building a load management simulation laboratory that will enable us to show members how DER Management System (DERMS) software works in real time, and to discuss the capabilities it offers those seeking to manage costs by filling valleys and shaving peaks. The first of a four-phase development is complete, with a full-scale build-out scheduled for completion next year.

“The lab will serve as a research tool for Seven States to test new technologies, integrate technologies into our DERMS platform in a controlled environment, and develop load management programs to assist our members in managing their distribution systems,” said Steve Noe, director of strategic energy solutions. “It will enable us to develop the best product and service offerings for our members.”

The simulation laboratory will be used to perform research and demonstrate various integrated technologies. The first phase of development completed in March 2020 included the installation of DERMS software, and the integration of a water heater control switch and Leviton Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell smart thermostats. An EV charger, the building’s electricity meter, and smart plugs controlling receptacle loads have also been integrated into the system. The building meter will simulate load from a distribution feeder.

The integrated distributed energy resources will allow operators to demonstrate device control within the Seven States Power building, which is shared with TVPPA. DERMS will enable operators to access the Aggregated Demand Response (ADR) program to observe performance and functionality.

The next phase of lab development includes the addition of load forecasting capabilities, battery storage and controllable lighting.

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