Making Order out of DER Chaos

A critical issue for utilities planning to integrate DER resources into grid operations is how to manage these resources. A major challenge is designing and implementing an interoperable eco-system of utility management systems (DERMS), aggregators and gateways and end-devices themselves. It would be ideal to create a “plug-and-play” eco-system to speed deployment, lower costs and improve performance of DERs. QualityLogic has been working with the standard grid-edge communications protocols (OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5, IEC 61850, DNP3, etc) for the past 10 years. These standards are a key component in creating the desired eco-system of vendors and products.

As the leading developer of the test tools and training for implementing grid-edge protocols, we have a unique perspective on this challenge and we’ll be sharing that information during this webinar.


  • Introductions, Background, and Definitions
  • Standards vs Proprietary solutions.
  • Use-cases: SCADA, DR, Solar Smoothing, Solar Shaping, Duck Curve Mitigation, Black Start, Frequency Regulation, CA Rule 21 Solar and Storage, V2G.
  • Protocols reviewed: DNP3, IEC 61850, OpenADR, IEEE 2030.5
  • Protocol selection process: Deployment models and messaging requirements; example use case selection process
  • Matrix of applications/protocol considerations and recommendations
  • Other considerations and issues to be addressed
  • Q&A


DATE: March 18, 2020
TIME: 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
COST: Free



Photo of James Mater in the outdoorsJames Mater
GM, Smart Grid Business @ QualityLogic
James is one of the industry-leading experts on smart grid standards, interoperability, and the maturity of eco-systems of products based on these standards. He leads QualityLogic’s smart grid business and has given dozens of presentations and authored multiple papers on interoperability in the smart grid.

Photo of Mark Osborn in front of a bank of energy devicesMark Osborn
Senior Technology Advisor @ QualityLogic
Mark T. Osborn is a distributed generation and smart grid expert with over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, developing and guiding innovative and nationally recognized solar and smart grid projects. For QualityLogic, he directed a two-year interview/survey project of grid interoperability issues for the 11 electric utilities participating in the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project and developed test specifications for the advanced inverter test plan (solar/storage inverters), for Hawaiian Electric Company under Docket for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University and the author of numerous papers and articles.



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