The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) Program was established in FY2016 within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) Advanced Grid Research division. The mission of the ADMS Program is to explore a new approach to the management and control of utility distribution grids. This will be accomplished through the development of an open-source, open-standards based distribution system application platform. This platform, which is analogous to an operating system of a smart phone, will enable the integration of current and future distribution data across the utility’s enterprise, completely independent of a product or device vendor, enabling new functionality and capabilities, while allowing for safe and reliable operation of distribution grids at a lower cost.
The open-source approach for system wide management and control is a completely different approach to the closed, proprietary systems used today and has never been pursued. As in other industries, the open-source approach will foster competition among existing vendors, encourage new market entrants, spur innovation, lower the cost of deployment, and expand the customer base.
More information about the ADM Program can be found in the ADMS Multi-Year Program Plan.
The ADMS Program goal is that by 2030, electric distribution grid management systems will be transformed from proprietary, vendor specific products to systems based on an open architecture and standards-based data exchange that will enable the integration and management of all assets and functions across the utility enterprise regardless of vendor or technology.
Program activities are organized into the following four areas:
This project will establish a national, vendor-neutral Advanced Distribution Management System testbed to accelerate industry development and adoption of ADMS capabilities for the next decade and beyond. The testbed will provide a less-expensive and lower-risk alternative to a pilot deployment, plus the ability to stimulate contingency scenarios that are not practical to test using a real distribution system.
The goal of this project is to develop and demonstrate an advanced distribution management system that allows DERs to improve distribution system operations and simultaneously contribute to transmission-level services. The project outcomes will be interoperable, validated open-source protocols that facilitate this vision.
The goal of this project is to develop a standards-based, open-source platform that will be used to support the development of advanced distribution system planning and operations applications. The project will also validate the benefits of advanced applications and then to transition the open-source reference software to the electric power industry.
The goal of this project is to create an integrated grid management framework that includes:
This project team will develop new integrated optimization and control solutions and deployment strategies that will enable the U.S. electric power grid to:
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