Oracle has updated its Oracle Utilities Network Management System to help enterprises more easily and effectively integrate distributed energy resources — including rooftop solar, wind turbines and batteries — based on location and condition of use.
The company says the system uses real-time data to help utilities and improve grid reliability.
Existing grid technology, typically referred to as operation technology (OT), cannot manage the variable output associated with distributed energy resources or the overloads and voltage violations from back feeds and intermittency, Oracle says. Legacy OT, which uses a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system as its real-time data engine, cannot scale to support devices being added to the distribution grid, such as consumer energy methods (rooftop solar, electricity storage, and electric vehicles) and rapidly growing data volume.
The company says utilities lack the ability to model and plan for distributed energy resources and their potential for grid disruption.
Oracle says by using its Oracle Utilities Network Management System 22.214.171.124, utilities can integrate distributed energy resources to better manage load and improve grid reliability while reducing costs and the need to bring additional generation resources online.