As the energy mix becomes more decentralized and intermittent and extreme weather events continue to stress the grid, maintaining stability and balancing supply and demand become increasingly complex. Learn how the convergence of flexibility management solutions and grid optimization platforms is redefining Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) and bridging the gap between grid needs and prosumer value to ensure a resilient and optimized energy grid. Join Schneider Electric utility alums Mark Ortiz (Consumers Energy) and Gio Herazo (Florida Power & Light) to explore the emerging consensus that a comprehensive DERMS strategy should include a network-model based grid-aware system integrated with a powerful flexibility management platform in order to connect and orchestrate all asset types in a distribution network and achieve end-to-end DER program management. This next-level DERMS combines the network management, load modeling, rules-based approach of ADMS with customer recruitment, enrollment, on-boarding, dispatch, M&V, and settlements to deliver full value to the prosumer. Such a system also needs to be integrated with an ADMS that uses the same network model as the integrated DERMS to fully realize the value of active and proactive management of the distribution grid and DERs connected to it. Learn how:
  • An end-to-end approach to DERMS optimizes both behind-the-meter and front-of-the-meter assets connected to the distribution grid.
  • New instances of high demand, such as the introduction of an EV bus fleet charging depot into a service area, can be managed with dynamic site limits.
  • Distribution constraint management can respond to areas of grid congestion with localized optimization.
  • Utilities have flexibility in choosing how to design and adopt a comprehensive DERMS strategy – and where to get started.

The Speakers:

Mark Ortiz

Lead Architect Distributed Energy Systems at Schneider Electric

Mark Ortiz is the lead architect for distributed energy systems in Innovation at Schneider Electric. Mark leads the development of architectural and integration strategies for solutions, applications and data architectures associated with distributed energy platforms. Prior to his current role, Mark was the Grid Modernization Manager for Consumers Energy, a large electric and gas utility based in Michigan where he was responsible for several large Grid Modernization initiatives that included roadmap development, R&D, deployment of distribution grid technologies and grid management systems. Mark has over 23 years of utility experience and is also a member of the GridWise Architecture Council.

Giovanni Herazo​


Giovanni “Gio” Herazo is former Manager of Smart Grid & Innovation at NextEra Energy / Florida Power & Light. He has spent close to 20 years in the energy industry and brings a breadth of experience in strategic initiatives such as digital transformation, predictive analytics, and advanced grid applications for situational awareness. More recently, Gio worked at AutoGrid, where he championed DERMs and VPP technologies for grid modernization. Currently, he is the North America Head of Solutions Architecture for Digital Grid at Schneider Electric.

John Hobson

Director of Industry Solutions at Autogrid
John Hobson is Director of Industry Solutions at AutoGrid. As a seasoned climate tech leader, he has worked with Government and regulatory authorities, commercial real estate, and the largest global utilities and energy companies in Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America. At AutoGrid, John is responsible for the technical solutioning process and develops SaaS solutions that help utilities and energy companies realize the value of distributed energy assets. Previously, John worked on large energy infrastructure projects implementing Co-generation plants, Microgrids, Utility scale Solar PV Arrays, and Smart Building Technologies.
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