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West Monroe Publishes the 2021 Utility Outlook: A Decarbonized Future Report

West Monroe Partners

West Monroe recently published the 2021 Utility Outlook: A decarbonized future report. This report covers six areas of opportunity for utilities as they work towards decarbonization:

  • Improving resiliency
  • Integrating distributed energy resources
  • Electrifying transportation
  • Delivering on the customer promise
  • Discovering value through data
  • Securing IT/OT systems and data

CLICK HERE to download the report. 


San Diego Gas & Electric Company Issues Its RFO Seeking Resource Adequacy Via the 2022 DRAM


On February 23, 2021, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) issues the 2022 Demand Response Auction Mechanism (“DRAM”) Request For Offer (“RFO”) seeking demand response resources. This RFO is in accordance with Decision (“D.”) 19-07-009 – Decision Addressing Auction Mechanism, Baselines, and Auto Demand Response For Battery Storage issued on July 12, 2019 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission). The 2022 DRAM RFO is seeking system, flexible and local Resource Adequacy (“RA”) resources via a standard, non-negotiable Demand Response Auction Mechanism Purchase Agreement (“DRAM PA” or “PA”) for execution in accordance with the Request for Offer (RFO) Protocols.

More information, including the RFO protocols, is available on SDG&E’s DRAM RFO website:

The DRAM is a pay-as-bid auction for Offerors to participate directly in the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) market, with participation from customers in SDG&E’s service territory.

SDG&E (along with SCE and PG&E) will host a bidder’s conference on March 1, 2021, via web conference to ensure successful participation and interactive feedback. Webinar and outreach event information is posted on the DRAM RFO website (see above link). Offers in response to the DRAM RFO are due on March 12, 2021.  SDG&E encourages respondents to carefully review submission requirements and provide sufficient details in all required bid forms.

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via email to [email protected] and MUST also CC [email protected] (the Independent Evaluator for this solicitation).  Only questions submitted by March 2, 2021, will be assured a response.


Opus One Solutions Announces Additions to the Leadership Team: Primed for Global Growth and Scale


Toronto, Ontario – February 18, 2021. Canadian, Global Cleantech 100 company, Opus One Solutions, has experienced rapid growth with its energy transition software, GridOS®, and is now a leading provider of grid analytics, distribution energy management and transactive energy/flexibility markets.

Utilities worldwide are increasingly relying on Opus One Solutions software to navigate the energy transition and the platform that enables grid modernization to realize and scale their strategies. Opus One’s appointments to the leadership team will better serve its growing global customer base to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions that leads to a decarbonized energy future.

The company announces three new additions to the leadership team: Chief Operating Officer Kimberly Helm, Chief Finance Officer Bruce Toner and Vice President of Product Management Brian MacDonald. These leaders have joined Opus One Solutions existing leadership team, Joshua Wong, President & CEO, Hari Suthan, Chief Strategic Growth Officer & Head of Global Sales and Charles Chan, Vice President of Software Development.

In the last few years, Opus One has focused on significant international expansion and plans to further that growth with additional key account partnerships. The new additions to the leadership team will collectively address the global market to better serve Opus One’s customers, providing innovative approaches to planning, system and market operations and help address new regulations and public policy.

“In order to reach global decarbonization goals, we’re going to need to aggressively electrify transportation, buildings and homes,” said Sameer Reddy Chair of the Board at Opus One Solutions. “None of that will be possible without fundamentally reimagining the way we plan for the distribution system and Opus One’s GridOS platform will be central to enabling that future. I’m thrilled to see the company adding several key operational leaders to an already incredible team to further the company’s mission to create a more resilient and intelligent power grid.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

San Diego Gas & Electric Company Issues RFI for Demand Response Management System


San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“Company”) invites your company to submit a response in accordance with the requirements outlined in the Request for Information (“RFI”) for the Demand Response Management System (“DRMS”) project.

The RFI will open Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:00 pm PST.

There will be no question and answer forum as part of this RFI. All RFI final responses will be due by Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm PST. All documents pertaining to the RFI, including instructions for completing and submitting your response, will be uploaded to the PowerAdvocate application at You will receive a PowerAdvocate system generated email no later than Tuesday February 16, 2021 3:00 pm PST, containing a link and instructions for registration to access the RFI documents. Please provide alternate contact information if you will not be the main point of contact for this RFI.

During the RFI period, ALL correspondences should be sent to me via the messaging in PowerAdvocate unless authorized differently by an approved representative of the Company. Do not contact any Company employee in regards to this RFI subject matter.


Austin Energy Job Opportunity - Consulting Engineer

Austin Energy

Austin Energy’s Energy Efficiency Services is responsible for delivering Demand Side Management programs for all market sectors. This position will lead the design and delivery of energy efficiency and demand response services for customers, with a focus on growing our demand response programs. This includes assisting in the development and deployment strategy around Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for Austin Energy. This person will also lead engineering and analysis efforts to ensure program incentives and energy savings are accurate and reflect the latest available technologies and market opportunities that can benefit Austin Energy and its customers. The position will require some field work which may include the use of ladders and other mobile devices. Work hours (to be coordinated with the supervisor) are to start between 7 and 9am.

Duties will include:

    Design and deliver energy efficiency and demand response incentives and services for commercial, residential, and multifamily customers
  • Develop comprehensive offerings based on market sectors and even market verticals. Present engineering and energy analysis to customers interested in energy efficiency and demand response.
  • Analyze data to accurately estimate customer bill savings for energy efficiency and demand response projects as well as calculate demand side savings for commercial and multifamily properties
  • Lead program evaluation and engineering analysis to support the development of new and revised program offerings, updated technical guidelines, program processes, or program policies.  
  • Lead technical engagement with key internal and external stakeholder groups, including: community and business groups; installation contractors; technology or equipment manufacturers and distributors; local engineering and design firms.

CLICK HERE to view the position details.

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