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Distributed energy resources (DERs) continue to spread across utilities’ service territories, but who will manage this increasing complex collection of electric vehicles, rooftop solar and microgrids? How much responsibility will fall on utilities to manage DERs versus third-party technology and service providers? Who will be responsible for distributed intelligence and distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS)? This paper explores the DERMs ecosystem arising around DERs, and what roles key stakeholders play in delivering a distributed grid. Considerations include:

• The status of DERs and DERMS at utilities
• The role of third-party providers and customers in DERs and DERMS
• The role of regulators in building the DERMS ecosystem