This report was published in June 2019 by Navigant and discussed the need for Virtual Power Plants (VPP) to keep electric grids in a “constant, delicate and reliable” balance. VPPs set the stage for future Distributed Energy Resources Management Systems (DERMS). Insights on market trends, the impact of EVs and emerging technologies, and the convergence of VPPS and DERMS are provided. The paper is relevant for specialists in the following sectors: policy/regulatory, conservation, technology, utilities.
Key words: artificial intelligence (IoT), connected/EV vehicles, data networking, energy management, smart cities, smart grid, system integration

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