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Tantalus Delivers 3 Millionth Intelligent Endpoint to Public Power and Electric Cooperative Utilities

Tantalus

Connected Devices Deliver Next-Generation Smart Grid Solutions and Data-Driven Applications to Help Utilities Modernize, Digitize and Improve Resiliency

BURNABY, BC – September 6, 2022 –– Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID), a smart grid technology company focused on helping build the utility of the future, is pleased to announce that it has now deployed more than 3 million smart grid-enabled connected meters with its integrated TRUEdge® computing modules to public power and electric cooperative utilities. This milestone is significant in the evolution of modernizing distribution grids of community-oriented utilities. These connected meters with TRUEdge computing modules serve as the backbone of a digital network that improves a utility’s resiliency in the face of massive economic, environmental and regulatory change.

Through these 3 million connected meters, Tantalus is gathering more than 30 billion data points annually that provide visibility into evolving power consumption patterns and corresponding power quality measurements from the edge of the grid. By feeding the “data of power” from the edge of the grid into advanced software applications and AI-enabled data analytics, Tantalus’ customers gain real-time situational awareness to improve their system planning, protect substation and distribution assets, respond faster to emergencies, optimize the efficiency of their grids and enhance their customer support.

These connected devices are also capable of reading multiple communication protocols to support an increasing number of initiatives across water and gas departments of multi-commodity utilities. As water emergencies surface across the United States, Tantalus is delivering an interoperable system that automates the data collection of industry-leading water and gas meter interface units (MIUs), creating enormous economic and operational advantages.

“The world is becoming increasingly complicated for utilities as extreme weather events continue to unfold and new technologies, such as electric vehicles, solar panels and storage applications, increasingly surface across the grid,” said Peter Londa, Tantalus President and CEO. “The distribution grid is at risk, and it is imperative for utilities to access and analyze granular data to improve their visibility into what is currently unfolding in order to proactively plan for the future. Shipping our 3 millionth endpoint is another example of how our team is helping utilities tap into the power of data to become more resilient, reliable and innovative in the face of relentless change.”

About Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID)

Tantalus is a smart grid technology company that transforms aging one-way grids into future-proofed multi-directional grids that improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of public power and electric cooperative utilities and the communities they serve. Our solutions are purpose-built to allow utilities to restore power quickly after major disruptions, adapt to rapidly shifting consumer expectations and population shifts, innovate new solutions based on the adoption of distributed energy resources and evolve their grid infrastructure at their own pace without needless cost or complexity. All this gives our user community the flexibility they need to get the most value from existing infrastructure investments while planning for future requirements. Learn more at www.tantalus.com.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

CLEAResult and Virtual Peaker Announce Partnership to Better Serve Utilities
Virtual Peaker Clearesult

 
Austin, TX and Louisville, KY (September 1, 2022)—CLEAResult, the largest provider of energy efficiency, energy transition, and decarbonization solutions in North America, and Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, announced a new partnership today to supercharge customer engagement for demand-side management programs.

The two companies are offering an end-to-end, distributed energy resource (DER) management solution that meets the rapid increase in demand and changing operational needs utilities are preparing for, especially in light of the Inflation Reduction Act. CLEAResult’s proven experience with customer outreach and engagement for energy efficiency and decarbonization programs complements Virtual Peaker’s SaaS platform, which includes demand forecasting, customer engagement, and distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) solutions.

“Together, our teams will deliver the best of both worlds–easier program participation for customers and simpler management for utilities,” said Divakar Jandhyala, CLEAResult’s Chief Product & Technology Officer. “We’re proactively removing participation barriers to improve the experience for everyone.”

The partnership integrates the CLEAResult ATLAS™ platform with Virtual Peaker’s distributed energy platform, connecting customers’ smart devices with advanced demand management tools that give utilities a simple and easy-to-manage overview of customers’ energy habits. 

“We’re excited to partner with CLEAResult and look forward to working together to rapidly scale demand side management,” said Kirsten Millar, Director of Policy and Partnerships. “Today’s partnership announcement advances our mission to accelerate the adoption of DERs. By working with industry leaders like CLEAResult and bringing our technology platforms together, we will provide quantifiable cost savings and efficiencies to our utility clients.”

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Paper: Peak-Load Energy Management by Direct Load Control ContractsManagement Science

 
This paper studies direct load control contracts that utilities use to curtail customers’ electricity consumption during peak-load periods. These contracts place limits on the number of calls and total number of hours of power reduction per customer per year as well as the duration of each call. The stochastic dynamic program that determines how many customers to call and the timing and duration of each call for each day is an extremely difficult (NP-hard) optimization problem. We design a scenario-based approximation method to generate probabilistic allocation polices in a reasonable amount of time. Our approach consists of three approximations: deterministic approximation of demand, discretization of the expected demand, and aggregation/disaggregation of the resources. 

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ecobee Job Opportunity: Regulatory Affairs Managerecobee

 
ecobee introduced the world’s first smart Wi-Fi thermostat to help millions of consumers save money, conserve energy, and bring home automation into their lives. That was just the beginning. We continue our pursuit to create technology that brings peace of mind into the home and allows people to focus on the moments that matter most. We take pride in making a meaningful difference to the environment, all while being part of the exciting, connected home revolution. 

Who'll You Be Joining

We are looking for a Manager, Regulatory Affairs who believes that diving deeply into administrative business of the largest investor-owned utilities and state-level public utility commissions, in partnership with our Energy team, is the next big thing. You will work with a passionate group of Energy professionals that serve the majority of utilities in North America.

The Manager of Regulatory Affairs will report to the Director of Energy & Emerging Markets and work side by side with the ecobee Energy Team to lead engagement in key states to advance utility programs that employ ecobee products and services.

How You'll Make an Impact

  • Be the North American face of the ecobee Energy team for government and regulatory stakeholders at the Federal, State and Provincial level
  • Analyze utility, state and federal filings to provide a sales pipeline for the Energy team
  • Lead engagement in key states with the public utility commissions to advance utility programs that employ and benefit ecobee products and services
  • Develop and execute engagement plans, in partnership with the Energy team to track and influence policy changes to support the ecobee Energy business goals
  • Support ecobee’s ongoing efforts with federal and state-level standards
  • Provide timely, insightful analysis to the ecobee Energy team on risks and opportunities stemming from changes in legislation and regulation and provide the Energy team with risk and opportunity assessments as it relates to our various utility partners and Energy programs
  • Represent ecobee at relevant commission meetings, hearings, trade associations and Energy sector coalitions

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.

 

SMUD Job Opportunity: Senior Project ManagerSMUD

 
The Advanced Energy Solutions Research and Development (AES R&D) department develops and implements progressive research activities that support SMUD’s Clean Energy Vision, including eliminating carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030. This involves research, development, and demonstration programs (RD&D), often in collaboration with federal and state funding organizations, across our research programs areas. The portfolio of research topics covers customer and grid-focused technologies and applications, including Building Electrification and Efficiency, Electric Transportation, Load Flexibility, Distributed and Utility-Scale Storage, Generation, and Carbon Capture and Sequestration. Our team is subdivided between Project Management-focused and Engineering-focused disciplines with matrixed responsibilities on larger projects.  This position will be a Senior Project Management role supporting the entire R&D team by providing managerial skills to plan, organize, budget, staff, direct, coordinate, control and evaluate assigned projects as well as helping develop, propose and plan new initiatives.  This role typically oversees one or more large, complex projects. Manages enterprise projects with budgets in excess of $10,000,000.

AES R&D is responsible for research that advances innovation in critical enterprise initiatives, furthers our position of industry influence, and prepares SMUD for long-term solutions and alternatives. To support these outcomes, R&D is seeking a Sr. Project Manager to:

  • Provide leadership, project management skills and supervision necessary to plan, organize, and conduct, advanced technologies Research & Development (R&D) activities in multiple topic areas.
  • To act as subject matter expert, project manager and/or construction manager for the development of advanced generation technologies and business model strategies and programs, to support attainment of SMUD's business objectives.
  • To provide insights into the relationship between advanced generation technologies, customer resources, demand response/load flexibility technologies and their impacts on resource planning and forecasting, energy trading, system operations, grid planning, power generation, and distribution assets. 
  • Research design and evaluation expertise.

In addition to these proficiencies, the position will require engaging in the following activities.

  • Strategic research planning
  • Networking with industry to follow and influence codes and standards for emerging technology
  • Grant acquisition, implementation, and management, primarily with federal and state funding organizations
  • Organizational navigation within SMUD

SMUD has committed to eliminating carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030 in our Zero Carbon Plan. A critical component of the plan is to retire or retool our existing thermal generation plants and replace them with alternative generation sources or Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) that meet SMUD’s energy, capacity and reliability standards. This position will focus on projects that feature renewable generation technologies, carbon capture, energy storage, electric vehicles, smart inverters, and load flexibility/Virtual Power Plants; ensuring compatibility with utility planning and operations; technology laboratory and field tests; technoeconomic and feasibility assessments; and supporting modeling and analytic activities.  

CLICK HERE to read the full job description and to apply.

 
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