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Pre-Conference Training: DERs, DERMS, and How To Monetize The Markets For Customer Programs

08/16/2022 @ 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT


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Awards 0.6 CEUs / 6 PDHs (Click for more info)

AESP is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AESP complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AESP is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. AESP instructors disclose in advance that they have no interest in any product, service, or material discussed during the course. This information is stated orally and in the training course handbook.

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS)

Course Description:  As the utility industry and the distribution grid evolves from traditional central station power to a more distributed energy future, understanding the impact of DERs and DERMS on the wholesale markets, distribution grids, utility operations, and most importantly the end use consumers (or prosumers) will be key to successful utility programs.  This training class will discuss all aspects of DERs from the Federal Legislation impacting their access to Wholesale Markets (FERC Order 2222) and how we got here to the day to day financially viable and optimized operations of DERs on the system for both utilities and their customers through a DERMS implementation. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain FERC Orders creating and implementing Wholesale Market Operations in ISOs/RTOs and how those markets impact retail transactions and programs.
  • Explain what a DERMS is, decide whether you need one, and identify what it can do for you.
  • Summarize what a DER is through industry definitions, operational characteristics, and utility program examples.
  • Describe how to develop a business case for a DER regardless of the technology and understand the ability to “value stack” the operations for optimal performance.


Derek Kirchner

Derek Kirchner

Senior Consultant, TRC Companies

Derek Kirchner, Senior Consultant at TRC Companies in the Digital Grid Solutions group. Focus on implementation of Distributed Energy Resources. Derek has experience in Demand Response, Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency programs, Corporate Strategy, Regulatory and Marketing within regulated electric utilities.


Course Location

Hilton Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
United States



8:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT
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