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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…

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…

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17 Sep: Energy Storage Set for New Wave of Deployments

Energy Storage Set for New Wave of Deployments Regulatory, policy and market trends point to high growth in residential energy storage Our recent announcement of a partnership with Swell Energy illustrates the growing importance of the residential energy storage market, but also underscores the overall evolution of renewable energy. While many states are actively working on legislation and in some cases, regulation, investments are pouring into the market to improve technological and economic capabilities, accelerating the shift towards new energy. Following the money. With $548bn of investments to flow to batteries over the next 33 years, It is a matter…

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16 Aug: The electrification of transport could transform our future – if we are prepared for it

The electrification of transport could transform our future – if we are prepared for it Electric vehicles (EVs) are set to change everything about how energy is consumed and supplied. As a report from the World Economic Forum, Electric Vehicles for Smarter Cities: The Future of Energy and Mobility makes clear, we’re at the start of a mobility revolution. By 2040, more than half of new cars sold in the world will be EVs, with 70% of market share in Europe, and over 50% in China. You may or may not already drive an EV. But sooner or later, you will. Certainly your…

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01 Mar: Innovation through technology: a hallmark of the utility of the future

Innovation through technology: a hallmark of the utility of the future Utilities find themselves caught in a whirlwind of change brought about by dynamic shifts in markets, regulation, legislation, consumer values and technologies. One way that utilities can take charge of their future is through technological innovation. While not a panacea for all these challenges, emerging distributed technologies such as flexible demand, distributed generation, energy storage, advanced power electronics and control devices offer new ways to produce and consume electricity and deliver value to customers. These new technologies get even more attractive as information and communications technologies become more affordable…

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01 Dec: 5 Energy and Flexibility Trends We’re Watching for 2018

5 Energy and Flexibility Trends We’re Watching for 2018 It’s an exciting time to be in the energy business. Technology and knowledge are expanding our ability to solve problems and deliver meaningful change. Costs of renewable energy and distributed energy are plummeting. And the need for a solution to global climate change is more urgent than ever. So it’s a good time to look ahead at how our industry is evolving. Here are five trends in energy and energy flexibility we’re watching for the coming year. 1. Growing need for flexibility—and the ability to manage it As the cost of…

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22 Nov: Cheap, Reliable and Sustainable Energy through Flexibility Management at the Grid Edge

Cheap, Reliable and Sustainable Energy through Flexibility Management at the Grid Edge We are both honored and humbled to be a Leader in both the demand response management system (DRMS) and virtual power plant (VPP) software Leaderboard reports published in the last month by Navigant Research– the only company to have been named as a Leader in both categories. We are very proud of the innovations achieved by the AutoGrid team in the new category of flexibility management at the grid edge, and more importantly, the results these innovations—paired with a relentless focus on customer success— have delivered to our clients. AutoGrid was founded…

13 Jul: Energy Internet Technology: An Interview with Dr Amit Narayan, CEO of Autogrid Inc

Energy Internet Technology: An Interview with Dr Amit Narayan, CEO of Autogrid Inc AutoGrid, a leader in Energy Internet software, recently announced that it has raised $20 million from a consortium of global strategic investors that includes the utility-backed fund Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and Envision Ventures. Earlier this year AutoGrid was recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as a New Energy Pioneer 2016, and was named a Grid Edge 2016 Award winner by Greentech Media. These awards followed 12 months of achievement, including 16 new customer agreements and a 350 percent increase in distributed energy resources under contract; recognition of the…

16 Oct: How Data Will Power the Future of Energy

How Data Will Power the Future of Energy Throughout history, we’ve equated energy with the consumption of natural resources such as oil, natural gas or coal. In the coming decades we will start to think of data and software as a source of energy. What do I mean by that? Software won’t generate electrons, but it will let us leverage the electricity we are already generating in a more efficient and productive way. Instead of building new power plants, we will take advantage of the search engine-like analytics of software-based controls to lower emissions and reduce costs. In other words,…