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Session 5B: Utility Management Strategies

Today's approaches to DER rely on 2 central paradigms that funnel/contain their innovation. The first paradigm relies on the technical and organizational legacy centralized over large grids that can only be orchestrated by a single entity (usually a control area). This centralization of the decisions that must be taken to operate the grid imply the obligation of having extensive planning of the resource limits and do not have the capacity to quickly adapt to new technology. The second paradigm is a corollary of the first one. Because of the planning nature and the central decision process of the grid, only innovations that serve to maintain this hegemony are subsidized and endorsed and as a consequence, only these can be financed by investors. This is similar to the centrally planned economy approach used by eastern block countries in the post-war era. 

We need to rethink this approach. The innovation frontier is to remove the necessity for a central auction and control approach in favor of self-forming, peer-to-peer energy trading nanogrids. We should innovate to the point of the possibility that any new energy sources can be added to or removed from the grid as appropriate without affecting system stability

Speakers
Marc-Andre Forget, CEO, Ossiaco
Daniel Fletcher, CDBO, Ossiaco