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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…

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…