The Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) conducts research, develops, and disseminates new methods, tools, and technologies to protect and enhance the reliability of the U.S. electric power system and efficiency of competitive electricity markets.
As the U.S. grid transitions from a uni-directional, central-generation, utility-focused model to a bi-directional model that must incorporate a variety of distributed energy resources, coordinated efforts are necessary to maintain grid reliability. CERTS has addressed reliability issues since 1999, and is leveraging that knowledge and experience to develop technology solutions that support competitive markets while protecting the public interest in reliable electricity service.
CERTS conducts its research and development in five targeted areas: Real-Time Grid Reliability Management, Load as a Resource (LaaR), Distributed Energy Resource Microgrids, and Reliability Technology Issues and Needs Assessment (RTINA).
In addition to Berkeley Lab, CERTS members include the Electric Power Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Science Foundation's Power Systems Engineering Research Center, and Sandia National Laboratories.