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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…

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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…

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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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08 Sep: New AutoGrid Blog Series Paints a Portrait of the Many Faces of AutoGrid

New AutoGrid Blog Series Paints a Portrait of the Many Faces of AutoGrid Who are the people of AutoGrid, why do they enjoy working here, and why might you want to join us? We’re launching this blog series to answer those questions. Our premise is simple: The best way to learn why people choose to work at a company is to ask them. I shared my own journey a couple of years ago, you can learn more about it here. Over the next several months, you will hear directly from our team members who share their thoughts on the industry,…

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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,…