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…

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20 Feb: AutoGrid Case Study: Solar + Storage Pencils Out for this AutoGrid Innovator

AutoGrid Case Study: Solar + Storage Pencils Out for this AutoGrid Innovator By Vish Ganti The incentives to pair rooftop solar with energy storage couldn’t be greater than now. And if the changing climate, wildfires and rising energy bills aren’t enough motivation to trim your carbon footprint, maybe the economics will put you over the edge. As you’ll see with my own experience, the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards of operating your home energy system with sunlight and a battery really add up. Come with me on a little journey as I tell the story of my latest home energy project:…

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19 Dec: Rajeev Singh, Chief Technology Officer: Why I Joined AutoGrid

I joined AutoGrid in March 2011, so I’ve been with the company from day zero.  I was fascinated by the idea of an engineering system that could control the electricity grid by applying machine learning and Big Data and controls. The concept was a very large closed loop control system that could operate on a single platform, something that hadn’t seemed possible in the past. I was given the incredible opportunity to build this system from scratch, from zero lines of code—the third time in my career I had done this. That was truly exciting. Currently, I am working on…

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19 Nov: AutoGrid Demand Response Series Econ BYOT™

A two-part series exploring the structure and economics of BYOT programs Part 1: Introduction to BYOT™ By Sadia Raveendran Bring Your Own Things (BYOT™), also known as Bring Your Own Device, is an increasingly important strategy for utilities seeking to manage energy demand from within their customer base. BYOT programs historically have focused on thermostats. While thermostats are coincidentally the focus of this blogpost, BYOT now includes a broader range of IoT devices that allow more energy consumer choice while offering more utility flexibility to integrate devices into their systems. In Part 1 of this series, we cover current BYOT market…

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30 Oct: Omprakash “Om” Moolchandani: Why I Joined AutoGrid

By Omprakash “Om” Moolchandani I started working at AutoGrid about a month ago and almost immediately I was able to jump right into the middle of a customer project. As I started working, I was struck by how helpful everyone was. Team members got me up to speed on the customer and the product, and they listened to my thoughts. By the end of the second week, I had started contributing ideas. They evaluated my proposal, did a quick prototype and found that it worked. We were able to solve a complex problem in a simple way. The cool thing…