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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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 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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28 Sep: Extreme Heat, Peak Load and Demand Response: Record Summer 2018 Challenges Grid Operators Nationwide

Extreme Heat, Peak Load and Demand Response: Record Summer 2018 Challenges Grid Operators Nationwide Wherever you live, you may have experienced a hot summer. But since many of us live and work in California, let’s talk about what our summer was like. As you know, California sweltered in July—the warmest month ever recorded in the Golden State. On July 6, Los Angeles hit a new all-time record high—111 degrees F. Even coastal San Diego, which normally enjoys mid-70s weather in July, reached 96 degrees that day. On July 24 and 25, as temperatures soared, wildfires burned, and hydropower and gas…