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….

04 Jan: How AutoGrid Supports Compliance Using AWS Cloud Security Services

How AutoGrid Supports Compliance Using AWS Cloud Security Services By Ranjan Banerji and Navarasu Dhanasekar   AutoGrid builds enterprise software that enables a smarter distributed energy world. The company’s suite of flexibility management applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers, and energy service providers to deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time, at scale through different value streams. AutoGrid has contracted more than 5,000 megawatts of DERs and works with more than 50 leading energy companies around the world, including Schneider Electric,CLP, Shell, CPS Energy, Eneres, and Total. With…

28 Oct: Business Case for a Flexibility Management System, Part 1: Overview and Basic Elements

Business Case for a Flexibility Management System, Part 1: Overview and Basic Elements By John Bonnin (John Bonnin has 25+ years of industry experience, including 15 years at CPS Energy. He has directed the Day Ahead and Real Time activities of Energy Supply and Market Operations, with a focus on managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of our power generation fleet. Mr. Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University)   Introduction The use of Demand Response (DR) by utilities…

28 Oct: Business Case for a Flexibility Management System, Part 2: Example Analysis

Business Case for a Flexibility Management System, Part 2: Example Analysis By John Bonnin (John Bonnin has 25+ years of industry experience, including 15 years at CPS Energy. He has directed the Day Ahead and Real Time activities of Energy Supply and Market Operations, with a focus on managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of our power generation fleet. Mr. Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University) Introduction In Part 1 of this discussion, an overview of the basic…

28 Sep: My Summer Internship at AutoGrid

My Summer Internship at AutoGrid By Salvador Marrero As a fourth-year student at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), with a concentration in Consumer Affairs and a minor in communication studies, I am always looking for ways to grow my professional skill set. My chosen industry focus is Marketing, and although I’ve held 2 Marketing internships before joining AutoGrid, I look to gain exposure to new career development opportunities as I near graduation. I joined the AutoGrid team this summer as their Marketing Intern, with placement assistance through the INROADS program. I joined AutoGrid in part because I enjoy the…

02 Sep: Value of Demand Response Participation to the Retail Customer

Value of Demand Response Participation to the Retail Customer By John Bonnin (John Bonnin has 25+ years of industry experience, including 15 years at CPS Energy. He has directed the Day Ahead and Real Time activities of Energy Supply and Market Operations, with a focus on managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of our power generation fleet. Mr. Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University) Many utilities and other load serving entities use a portfolio of approaches to decrease…

27 Aug: AutoGrid Flex now available on Amazon Web Services  Marketplace to simplify procurement and deployment of Flexibility Management programs

AutoGrid Flex now available on Amazon Web Services  Marketplace to simplify procurement and deployment of Flexibility Management programs The award winning AutoGrid Flex™ is now available for purchase through AWS Marketplace.  This allows AWS customers another easy, no-hassle option to purchase AutoGrid Flex Demand Response (DROMS), Distributed Energy Resources (DERMS) and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) management systems directly through existing procurement channels.  Transacting in AWS Marketplace streamlines the purchase process, simplifies renewals, and consolidates billing with existing AWS expenses.  This option is available for both new and existing AutoGrid clients, as long as they have an account on AWS Marketplace. …

13 Aug: Value of Flexibility Management in the Eyes of a Market Trader & Operator

Value of Flexibility Management in the Eyes of a Market Trader & Operator By John Bonnin (John Bonnin has 25+ years of industry experience, including 15 years at CPS Energy. He has directed the Day Ahead and Real Time activities of Energy Supply and Market Operations, with a focus on managing market risks to native load customers and optimal dispatch of our power generation fleet. Mr. Bonnin has a Master of Science in Management/Computer Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University) As a trader and operator in the Electric Reliability Council…

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06 Aug: Energy-Storage Control Options: Optimizing Batteries for Maximum Value

In this blog, we discuss energy-storage control options to manage battery storage units. As the price of battery storage falls and its usage continues to increase, it is important to look at different programs and systems that can optimize its usage. It is expected that 1,290 GW of new batteries will be commissioned worldwide by 2050, and energy providers will need to find a way to extract maximum value from this unique resource. This need for optimization—especially for aggregating, integrating and orchestrating batteries in concert with other grid assets—will involve digging deeper into which energy-storage control options work best in different applications, and the pros and cons of each. Here, we will introduce several key terms and consider different use cases and communication scenarios for the variety of storage control options.

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27 Jun: Why I Joined AutoGrid: Abigail Carson

I’m the commercial proposal manager at AutoGrid. That means I’m responsible for driving the internal sales operation processes and external deliverables for all client-facing proposals. It’s a fast-paced and dynamic role that requires a solid understanding of the nuances of both the solution design process and sales cycle. Managing the proposal process is a critical element of growing pipeline and revenue for AutoGrid. The proposals I deliver extract opportunities from existing clients as well as capture business from new clients. It’s my job to communicate AutoGrid’s value proposition to both prospective utility clients and the utility’s end-users. It can be…