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12 Aug: AutoGrid’s Customers Flex Grid Muscles During Peak Summer

AutoGrid’s Customers Flex Grid Muscles During Peak Summer By Rahul Kar – Senior VP We are in the middle of peak summer season across the northern hemisphere and the electric grid is already groaning and straining under increased demand. Rolling power outages, alarming spot market energy prices, failing power plants and last minute cries for help from the grid operators, have become the norm. Not so for utilities that have planned ahead and use demand flexibility surgically. For them, a peaking summer day is business as usual. They have flourished managing peak load (and reliability) by forecasting and controlling demand…

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07 Jul: How DER Growth Feeds Growing Synergy Between VPPs, DERMS and Microgrids

How DER Growth Feeds Growing Synergy Between VPPs, DERMS and Microgrids By Peter Asmus According to Guidehouse Insights, the amount of capacity being added to power grids globally from 14 different distributed energy resources (DER) — everything from rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, electric vehicle (EV) charging, and a variety of other loads being converted into demand response (DR) assets – surpassed the new capacity coming on-line from centralized power sources (such as coal or nuclear plants) last year. The gap between distributed and centralized energy capacity additions grows over time in clear favor of DER (see below), highlighting the…

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24 May: Why Australia is Truly the Virtual Power Plants Market Frontier

Why Australia is Truly the Virtual Power Plants Market Frontier By Peter Asmus As one scans the world for opportunity during the current energy transition, one of the most vibrant regional markets is often forgotten due to its geography. I’m talking about Australia, that down under market which is forging a path of energy market innovation forward with few rivals on the world stage.   A report by energy network Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) forecasts that by 2050 almost 2/3 of all customers in Australia will feature some form of distributed energy resources (DER.)1…

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19 May: Virtual Power Plants: How Disparate DERs Can Be Integrated into a Single, Dispatchable Resource: Part I

Virtual Power Plants: How Disparate DERs Can Be Integrated into a Single, Dispatchable Resource: Part I By John Bonnin For decades, utilities have used Demand Response (DR) and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) as the basis for reducing peak demand, reducing coincident peaks, managing circuit-specific issues, and assisting the grid in emergencies. With the introduction of Virtual Power Plants (VPP), however, energy companies are in a fortunate position to also deploy DERs into the wholesale market. DERs with VPPs is a shift in strategy from essentially “defense” to “offense” seen by many as unlocking the hidden potential of these resources, creating…

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10 May: EVs are the Game-Changing DER: Exploring Vehicle Grid Integration for Grid Balancing

EVs are the Game-Changing DER: Exploring Vehicle Grid Integration for Grid Balancing By Peter Asmus Our energy systems are being transformed by the dramatic increase in distributed energy resources (DER) that are now populating power grids around the world. DER assets, popularized by rooftop solar PV and then distributed energy storage, are challenging our conventional thinking in new ways. Ironically, electric vehicles (EVs), the most challenging DER asset, could also be the most transformative of all. Once viewed as a major headache for utilities since each EV represents the equivalent load as a new house on their distribution grids, advances…

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21 Apr: Co-Optimizing Energy Storage: 3 Things You Need to know to Create Value Streams

Co-Optimizing Energy Storage: 3 Things You Need to know to Create Value Streams By Adam Todorski As energy storage becomes cheaper and more plentiful, fully utilizing battery storage deployments requires value-stream co-optimization. This post will cover some of the challenges and opportunities we’ve experienced as we help our customers who operate solar + storage deploy and co-optimize ever-growing energy-storage portfolios. Value-stream co-optimization is critical to managing distributed energy-storage assets, whether for distribution support use cases, e.g., non-wires alternatives (NWA), or for capturing merchant value streams through virtual power plants (VPPs). These categories of NWA and VPP value streams are increasingly…

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30 Mar: How VPPs Reduce Both Costs and Emission in Meeting Peak Demands

How VPPs Reduce Both Costs and Emission in Meeting Peak Demands New York and Texas Offer Opportunities to Replace Fossil Fuel Peaker Plants By Peter Asmus The emergence of virtual power plants (VPPs) as bona fide replacements for fossil fuel peaker plants has been discussed conceptually, but is there data to support this opportunity? Thanks to data and modeling provided by Guidehouse Insights, the apparent answer “yes” in two of the largest states often viewed as being on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Traditional peaking plants have been relied upon for decades to prop up regional power systems during…

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10 Feb: Benefits of DERMS and VPP on the Same Flexibility Management Platform

Benefits of DERMS and VPP on the Same Flexibility Management Platform By John Bonnin    One of the fastest-growing segments of the electric power industry is the aggregation of distribution systems and customer-side assets for use in supplying power and related services to the grid. BloombergNEF’s report of “Decentralized Energy Strategy Trends: 4Q 2021” revealed the largest amount of activity happening with demand response and virtual power plants. Managing the New Wave of Distributed Energy Utility operators have begun to expand their toolbox with grid flexibility management platforms to help balance the supply and demand for power with several successful…

22 Nov: Cooperation Between the Utility and its Customers in a Complex Energy Landscape

Cooperation Between the Utility and its Customers in a Complex Energy Landscape By John Bonnin In a previous article of this series, I introduced the constructs of the fluid energy landscape of the future, whereby the energy ecosystem can be viewed as a collection of large and small participants, all connected to the grid and operating to help balance supply and demand, and each containing its own value drivers, interconnectivity, business models and even regulatory regimes. The future energy landscape is a multi-leveled, interconnected topography of many diverse entities. Therefore, successful operations require cooperative business relationships between the utility electric…

27 May: Technological and Interoperability Standards for the Future Energy Landscape

Technological and Interoperability Standards for the Future Energy Landscape By John Bonnin John Bonnin has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including 18 years at CPS Energy, where he was their Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations. His focus was managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of CPS Energy’s power generation fleet, which included over 1.5 GW renewable energy and 200 MW Demand Response capability. Mr Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a B.S. in Chemistry from LSU. Introduction In previous blogs, we have discussed the…

06 May: The Future Energy Landscape: Layers of Interconnectivity

The Future Energy Landscape: Layers of Interconnectivity A look into the multi-level, interconnected topography of the future energy landscape. A visualization of these relationships as mutually dependent functions, all of which need to operate efficiently to drive the best performance of the grid. By John Bonnin John Bonnin has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including 18 years at CPS Energy, where he was their Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations. His focus was managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of CPS Energy’s power generation fleet, which included over 1.5 GW renewable energy and…

22 Apr: The Future of the Energy landscape – A Day in the Life

The Future of the Energy landscape – A Day in the Life A short vignette, on the cooperation and interconnectivity between the utility, an aggregator, the ISO, thermal generation resources, and distributed resources (both load-based and generation-based), acting in concert to meet the energy needs of the grid. By John Bonnin John Bonnin has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including 18 years at CPS Energy, where he was their Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations. His focus was managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of CPS Energy’s power generation fleet, which included over…

12 Apr: Participation of DERs in the Wholesale Market: Regulatory Watershed

Participation of DERs in the Wholesale Market: Regulatory Watershed By John Bonnin John Bonnin has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including 18 years at CPS Energy, where he was their Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations. His focus was managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of CPS Energy’s power generation fleet, which included over 1.5 GW renewable energy and 200 MW Demand Response capability. Mr Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a B.S. in Chemistry from LSU. Vice President of Energy Supply and Market Operations….

07 Jan: Sustainability Rules: Why FERC 2222 Could Pave The Way For Virtual Power Plant Growth

Sustainability Rules: Why FERC 2222 Could Pave The Way For Virtual Power Plant Growth By Rahul Kar, General Manager and Vice President at AutoGrid Systems.   On September 17, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a new ruling regarding distributed energy resources. And it’s laying the groundwork for transforming the energy market and the grid. The order, called FERC 2222, aims to break down barriers to entry for distributed energy resources (DERs) and could accelerate competition in the electricity market. Now, DERs can participate through aggregation and can band together to meet minimum size and performance requirements. As the U.S….