Grid Modernization & Innovation

Solar Power International & Energy Storage International

Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)

Tuesday, September 25
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 205AB

Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) are the complex management systems that can monitor and control distributed energy resources (DERs), such as solar and battery energy storage systems throughout the grid. This session will discuss how these systems are different than traditional utility Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and the advantages DERMS have for integrating, monitoring, and dispatching DERs to increase their value for evolving utilities.

Sharon J. Allan

Chief Innovation Officer
Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA)

Sharon Allan - Chief Innovation Officer (SEPA)

Sharon Allan has over 30 years of experience and is an executive known for business transformation and growth. An industry leader widely respected in the industry, Allan serves on the board of advisors for Enertech Capital.
She was CEO of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) which merged with SEPA in April 2017. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Accenture’s NA Smart Grid Practice. Other industry roles include President & CEO of Elster Integrated Solutions, Chief Knowledge Officer of Elster Electricity, as well as executive roles at ABB, and IBM.

Sharon has been recognized throughout the years as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today, Mover and Shaker by GTM (Greentech Media), Top 3 by Smart Grid News, Technology leader by NCCBI, Platts Energy, and a “Class of 2007 and Alumni” leader by World Generation. Sharon is an honors graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.


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Frances Bell

Lead Applications Engineer
Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Frances Bell is the Lead Applications Engineer at Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS). She creates designs that integrate the AMS back-end hardware infrastructure into the fleet operations software platform, which includes solar, storage, and demand response resources. As part of this effort, Frances has defined the control interface for AMS' first solar+storage product and designed and piloted power control designs for successful deployment of market dispatchable resources. Prior to joining AMS, she was a power systems engineer at Tesla (previously SolarCity) where she deployed smart, controllable distributed solar PV and defined the operational layer that manages widely geographically dispersed fleets of residential resources to provide grid services. While at Tesla, Frances led one of the first US demonstration projects that deployed a high-penetration of PV smart inverters and a platform that dispatched and proved the benefit of controllable distributed PV. She has published papers on these findings with California utilities and national labs. Before moving to the DER industry, Frances was a grid engineer at PG&E, where she developed transmission grid models for future planning and deployed pilots that demonstrate the feasibility and enhanced resiliency of distributed resources on the grid. Frances has a B.S. in Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering from Smith College and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems from Tufts University.


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Anthony Johnson

Consulting Engineer
Southern California Edison

Anthony Johnson is a Consulting Engineer in the Advanced Technology Department of Transmission and Distribution Business Unit of Southern California Edison Company (SCE). He has been working at SCE for more than 27 years Previously, Mr. Johnson was the Project Manager for Technology Development for the Substation Construction and Maintenance organization. In this role he was responsible for test and evaluation of condition monitoring equipment, maintain an interface with the Substation automation team to develop maintenance requirements, and the test, evaluation and recommendation of diagnostic tools for maintenance and installation of substation equipment. He is also a active participant in IEEE Power System Relaying Committee.

Mr. Johnson received his Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Montana State University in 1986, and MS in electrical engineering from Montana State University in 1988. Mr. Johnson is a Senior Member of IEEE, and registered professional electrical engineer in State of California.


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Matt Johnson

Vice President, Business Development

Matt Johnson is Vice President of Business Development at EnergyHub, a leading provider of grid-edge DERMS software to utilities. In this role, he develops and manages relationships with distributed energy resource (DER) manufacturers and service providers who are interested in adding their DERs and connected devices to EnergyHub's Mercury DERMS platform. Matt also works with EnergyHub's utility clients to deploy and managed BYOT DR thermostat programs, and manages EnergyHub's corporate marketing efforts. He joined EnergyHub in 2009.

Prior to joining EnergyHub, Matt held a variety of positions in the energy sector, including serving as Director of Business Development at Gaia Power Technologies, an energy storage system integrator, and as an Assistant Vice President at Sentech, a clean energy consultancy.

Matt holds an MBA and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Haresh Kamath

Senior Program Manager
Electric Power Research Institute

Haresh Kamath is Senior Program Manager for Distributed Energy Resources (DER) at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), managing the Institute’s research into the development, assessment, and application of energy storage technologies for grid storage applications as well as the implementation and integration of storage, distributed generation, smart inverters, microgrids, and other distributed resources into the grid.

Kamath joined EPRI in 2002 as a project engineer in energy storage and distributed generation. He was an author for the first edition of the EPRI-DOE Handbook of Energy Storage and served on the board of directors of the Energy Storage Association from 2005 to 2013. After taking the role of Program Manager in 2011, Kamath took steps to create the EPRI Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC), a technical forum to facilitate the deployment and use of utility-scale energy storage systems.

Kamath received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Stanford University.


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