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Piclo Deepens Relationship with National Grid New York to Manage the Procurement of their Dynamic Load Management ProgrammesPiclo National Grid

Posted December 12, 2023

London, UK, 8th December – Piclo, the world’s leading flexibility marketplace provider, will be extending their partnership with National Grid in New York State to manage the procurement of their Vintage Year 2025 Term Dynamic Load Management (Term-DLM) and Auto Dynamic Load Management (Auto-DLM) Programme on Piclo Flex. Piclo will continue to deliver the existing Non-Wires Alternatives  program on our marketplace for National Grid that was launched in 2022, with more competitions coming in early 2024.

National Grid’s demand response programs aim to increase system flexibility and reduce costs for customers of electricity. They play an integral role in supporting New York State’s nation-leading climate goals, including energy storage targets as outlined by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

In order to reduce peak demand constraints and improve system reliability, National Grid is seeking over 100 MW of system-wide load relief solutions for Term-DLM  across the state, as well as 9.39 MW of rapid load relief solutions for Auto-DLM, targeting specific locations at a local level — including Tonawanda, Rome, Cohoes, Albany, and Cobleskill/Howes Cave.

Qualified flexibility providers with the facility to decrease their electricity consumption or turn up generation and with a minimum of 50 kW aggregated capacity can participate in these competitions.

Bids must be submitted by the March 1, 2024 deadline. National Grid will notify bidders of their status by March 31, 2024, and accepted portfolios will commence participation on May 1, 2025. Interested providers must register on Piclo Flex to participate.

Visit National Grid’s Term-DLM and Auto-DLM Program Request for Proposals page to learn more. 

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


ABB invests in Lumin to Develop Sustainable Technologies for Homes in North AmericaLumin

Posted December 12, 2023

  • Joint development of new accessible energy management solutions to increase sustainability and cost savings for homeowners in North America
  • Partnership leverages the strengths of Lumin’s software and cloud capabilities in responsive load control along with ABB’s electrical distribution portfolio and channels to market
  • New investment is another step in ABB’s commitment to enhancing energy management in the residential energy sector

In its continual efforts to enhance customer experience, ABB is investing in Lumin, the US-based pioneer and leading provider of responsive energy management solutions, to bring new smart and sustainable technologies to homes in North America. ABB led the strategic investment with participation from Lumin's primary institutional investor, Carbon Drawdown Collective, and its other incumbent investors. Lumin’s innovative platform enables electrification upgrades without changing the home’s existing electrical panel. It provides unprecedented insights into behind-the-meter consumption data and dynamically shifts loads to support the energy transition for communities.

Globally, buildings contribute to 40% of total energy consumption, emphasizing the crucial role they play in the push towards electrification. In the US, the residential sector alone accounts for about 21 percent of the country’s total annual energy consumption1, a number set to surge with the ongoing shift toward electrification and decarbonization. Intelligent load management is vital for meeting the surging energy demand to increase sustainability, efficiency and lower emissions.

The investment by ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings Division in Lumin enables them to develop a joint offering to accelerate and optimize accessible home energy management. Lumin offers leading-edge homeowner and installer hardware and software solutions that complement ABB’s robust residential portfolio. This collaboration will bring new innovations to the North American residential energy sector that support the safe, smart, and sustainable electrification of both new and existing homes. A first joint offering is expected to come to market in early 2024.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.


City of Austin RFP: Utility Demand Response Program Support - Thermostats/Equip

City of Austin

Posted December 11, 2023

About the RFP
A solicitation has been publishedClick here to see information about this solicitation.

Subscription only requires a contact name and valid email address, and allows you to manage your account and download documents necessary to place bids for solicitations. Registration requires more detail, and is necessary for a bidder to receive an award from the city.

For assistance with accessing solicitation information or subscribing to a solicitation, please contact the Purchasing Office at [email protected] or phone (512) 974-2500.

About Vendor Registration:

To create or manage your vendor account in Vendor Connection, click here. You will be able to update account information including: contacts, addresses, and commodity code selection, If you have questions about your vendor account, please contact Vendor Registration at [email protected] or phone (512) 974-2018.

City Ordinance No. 20180614-056 regarding Anti-Lobbying and Procurement is effective June 25, 2018. For review of the City Ordinance please click here.

City Code, Chapter 4-22 Wage Theft regarding the City of Austin Wage Theft Program is effective October 1, 2023. For review of the City Code please click here. For any questions or registration for the City of Austin Wage Theft Training contact the Wage Compliance Team at [email protected].

CLICK HERE to read the full RFP.



Enervee Job Opportunity: Staff Accountant


Posted December 7, 2023

About the Role
Enervee is a diverse group of innovators brought together with a relentless passion for helping people choose better - choices that help people save money, energy, and the earth!  We’re looking for an experienced Staff Accountant to support the month end closing process and help build a best-in-class Accounts Payable function. This is a highly visible role and reports to the Head of Finance. In this role, you will have an opportunity to make a difference in a socially impactful business.

  • Do you love solving puzzles?
  • Are you meticulous in your work and do you build in a process of check & balances for your work?
  • Do you have a strong background in accounting that enables you to assess interpret the accurate recording of financial transactions in compliance with GAAP?
  • Are you up to a challenge for sifting through large amounts of data (think multiple spreadsheets with tens of thousands of data!) to summarize the data in a relevant and transparent manner?
  • Are you comfortable dealing with new & unique information or business processes that require sound application of business practices and accounting principles to appropriately piece together a transaction or reconciliation?
  • Would you describe yourself as an individual who has a deep understanding of oneself to be able to take ownership, collaborate effectively in a fast-paced remote work setting, learn quickly, deliver accurate results, and communicate needs in a proactive, efficient way?

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity.



Enervee Job Opportunity: Senior Manager, Content & Site Merchandising


Posted December 7, 2023

About the Role
As the Senior Manager, Content & Site Merchandising at Enervee, you will play a critical role in enhancing the user experience, optimizing site performance, and driving eCommerce revenue growth. This role reports directly into the VP of eCommerce, and collaborates closely with cross-functional partners (e.g., Design, Marketing, eCommerce Operations, and Product) to develop, implement, and execute marketing activations, content strategy, and a customer-obsessed site experience. You will ensure that our websites are not only visually appealing, but also highly effective in converting visitors into customers.

How you can make an impact.

  •  Develop and implement a comprehensive content strategy to engage, inform, and convert visitors.  Create and maintain a content calendar in partnership with Marketing, ensuring the website remains fresh, relevant, valuable, and SEO-friendly to customers. 
  • Lead site merchandising efforts, optimizing eCommerce product placements, promotions, and visual merchandising. Use data and customer insights to improve the overall shopping experience. 
  • Collaborate with UX/Design to ensure the website is intuitive, responsive, and user-friendly. Implement A/B testing and other UX improvement strategies to drive conversions. 
  • Liaise with the product/tech teams to advocate for enhancements that will directly impact the user experience.
  • Leads workflows and operational timelines around site merchandising processes, anticipating and reacting to business opportunities. 
  • Leverage Google Analytics, FullStory, HubSpot and other tools to develop dashboards/reporting to monitor the site behavior and metrics that directly and indirectly drive revenue growth. 
  • Act as the HubSpot expert across the eCommerce, Marketing, and Customer Service teams, utilizing it to implement additional segmentation and automation to enhance customer engagement and retention. 
  • Act as the eCommerce business owner for data integrity, partnering with product/tech to optimize HubDB databases and workflows.
  • Own email list building strategy and execution including site popups, sweepstakes, and nurturing campaigns.

CLICK HERE to read the full job opportunity.


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