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Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS)

NRTC offers an effective, affordable software solution to control distributed energy resources throughout the electric distribution chain. AutoGrid, a leading provider of Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) software, has developed the Flex platform with tools to control and/or reduce kw demand for maximum efficiency during peak demand events.  

AutoGrid Flex™ integrates with a wide and evolving variety of distributed energy assets such as thermostats, EV charging stations, and residential storage products. It handles all functions in the lifecycle of a demand response program including program management and setup, member enrollment, member portal, load forecasting, dispatching control events, and post event measurement and verification utilizing cooperative AMI data. 

Future proof your solution

Regardless of your current needs or systems, AutoGrid Flex allows you to “grow as you go”, adapting to member and market needs. Its flexible integration capabilities mean it not only connects to and manages virtually any distributed energy resource, but it can also adapt to tomorrow’s rapidly evolving technologies so you won’t be left behind or forced into an expensive overhaul.   

SCALe your system as you grow

From simple thermostat DR programs to virtual power plant applications and EV fleet management, AutoGrid Flex’s capabilities will expand with you and your members as new distributed energy resources are developed. 

make smarter decisions with analytics

AutoGrid Flex is designed to provide you with timely, actionable reporting to help you make better, more informed decisions, including load forecasting, dispatchable load capacity, post event M&V, and more. 

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NRTC/CFC Collaboration Offers a Wealth of Smart Grid Insights

Electric cooperatives with experience using smart grid technologies say they have markedly increased consumer satisfaction. Consumer-members tend to notice the higher reliability (fewer outages) and improved affordably that smart grid systems can produce. A new report, Rural Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Benchmarking Report: Creating Value with Smart Grid Applications, takes a close look at all the various technologies and quantifies how each have benefitted co-ops and their communities.


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NRTC’s Josh Pepple and Patrick Jordan recently spoke at “meter schools,” conferences where electric industry techs can learn about meter technology developments. It was an opportunity for NRTC to demonstrate its close working relationship with Itron. At the 43rd Annual Electric Power and Metering School at Mississippi State University, Pepple gave presentations on implementing affordable projects and using AMI for distributed energy. Jordan co-presented a talk on AMI data value streams with Itron’s Bryan Seal (pictured above).
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