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Guidehouse Insights New Report - Analyst Insight: Blockchain-Enabled Demand Response

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Transactive energy (TE) remains the top use case in the energy blockchain space, but blockchain-enabled demand response (DR) projects present an opportunity for growth. Guidehouse Insights measures DR as the total capacity of load reduction that is aggregated to help offset peak demand. DR programs can facilitate the balance between energy supply and energy demand to reduce peak energy demand.

In North America, DR programs have been in place for several decades but began to expand globally only after 2010. It was not until 2015 that Guidehouse Insights identified the first energy blockchain project with a specific DR use case. Blockchain-enabled DR programs have the potential to expand globally by addressing common challenges confronting DR programs, such as a lack of security and trust.

This Guidehouse Insights report tracks global energy blockchain project deployments, use cases, and vendor activities around the world. It covers 278 vendors and 361 projects across five global regions. This report provides a broad and representative view of the energy blockchain market.

CLICK HERE to read more or purchase the report.

PLMA Members receive a 10% discount on this report. If you are interested in purchasing and are a PLMA member, contact Brett Feldman at [email protected].

 

E Source Job Opportunity - Senior Research Analyst - EV and DER Programs and TechnologiesE Source

Do you get excited about helping utilities achieve efficiency, load management, and decarbonization goals through distributed energy resource (DER) and energy-efficiency programs? Do you have a passion for making complex programs and concepts simple and clear? We're seeking a technical research analyst with experience in electric vehicles (EVs) and beneficial electrification to provide actionable, data-driven advice to our utility clients. This position will join the Customer Energy Solutions team within the Research and Advisory division.

At E Source, our passion for sustainability and energy efficiency fuels our work. We provide research, data science, and advisory services to electric, gas, and water utilities with the goal of increasing the effectiveness of their operations, customer programs, and customer relationships. We're on a mission to help our clients evolve into customer-centric organizations that make data-driven decisions. And we have fun while we do it!

Our ideal candidate has:

  • A passion for digging into technical details and making them clear and easy-to-understand.
  • Demonstrated expertise with engineering principles governing energy-efficiency, renewable-energy, and EV technologies.
  • Experience with utility energy-efficiency and end-use electrification programs and technologies, with an emphasis on EVs.
  • A strong understanding of customer-centric electric, gas, and/or water utility demand-side management programs and how programs best meet the needs of customers.
  • Exceptional writing, verbal, and analytical skills. E Source differentiates itself through readable, clear, and concise reports and presentations. Applications without cover letters may be given lower priority in our review.
  • Creativity and openness. You aren't afraid to share your ideas for how we might do things differently.
  • Rigor and discipline. You manage your time well and your coworkers can count on you to do what you say you'll do.
  • Humility and a collaborative attitude. You know there are things you don't know, and that energizes you. You work well in a team environment, and you proactively seek support, advice, and guidance from others, and are happy to provide support to others.

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

 

GridX Closes $12M Series B Funding Led by Energy Impact Partners

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GridX accelerates growth to deliver Business Operations Support solutions that help utility industry transition to clean energy

MILPITAS, Calif., May 25, 2021 – GridX, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based business operations support solutions to utilities and energy suppliers, today announced that it has closed its Series B funding in the amount of US $12 million led by Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a global investment platform leading the transition to a sustainable energy future. This financing accelerates the company’s product roadmap and drives market adoption.

“GridX helps utilities and energy suppliers to transition to – and thrive in – a decarbonized and decentralized energy future,” said Matt Bisgyer, Vice President at Energy Impact Partners. “Our investment in GridX is a testament to the team’s unique vision and exceptional capabilities, and we’re confident this company is poised for rapid growth as it empowers the smooth integration of renewable energy into the daily lives of millions.”

Through its Business Operations Support (BOS) Cloud suite, GridX delivers turnkey applications that enable its clients to:

  • Develop new products, programs and business models that support their clean energy goals, including community solar, time-of-use rates and real-time pricing
  • Understand the impacts of new offerings on revenue and customers’ bills
  • Revamp traditional billing and meter-to-cash processes to quickly operationalize new offerings
  • Effectively target customers to facilitate broader adoption of new offerings and energy programs
  • Help their customers understand the financial implications of their energy use and deliver personalized advice on energy-saving opportunities and clean energy investments.

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 

CPower Accelerates Distributed Energy Resource Innovation with New Executive Hire

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National Energy Solutions Provider to Extend Technology Vision with Industry Veteran, Mike Ratliff

BALTIMORE – May 25, 2021 -- CPower Energy Management (“CPower”), a leading, national energy solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Mike Ratliff as Vice President – Utility Solutions. In this newly created role, Mr. Ratliff is responsible for developing CPower’s technology roadmap to help utilities drive grid modernization and reliability, and will bolster the company’s existing technical capabilities, which includes Silicon Valley, Baltimore and Portland-based development teams.

“As technology advances, we will be able to enable and optimize across more programs with greater flexibility, engage an ever-expanding list of DER solutions, and ultimately create more value for our customers while maintaining the dependability the grid needs,” said John Horton, president and CEO, CPower. “Mike’s solid track record will prove invaluable as we break new ground with our customers, and we are thrilled to leverage his expertise as we guide the industry towards a clean and dependable energy future.”

"Having architected and integrated technology platforms at-scale across the utility industry, I am thrilled to leverage innovation to help CPower extend its market leadership in the DER space,” said Mr. Ratliff. “The company already has unmatched experience and a data-rich understanding of its customer base at more than 11,000 sites to inform our strategy, and I look forward to building on this foundation.”

An accomplished technologist with more than three decades of experience, Mr. Ratliff has developed distributed energy resource (DER) platforms across the utility and energy industry. Prior to joining CPower, Mr. Ratliff was the CTO for Enbala and for Comverge. He holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Purdue University.

For more information, visit: cpowerenergymanagement.com/distributed-energy-resources/.

 

Swell Energy Offers Innovative Battery Deal to 8,000 Customers in Southern California

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Innovative utility planning and Swell's Virtual Power Plants enable homeowners in southern California to receive a discounted second home battery and ongoing GridRevenue payments


LOS ANGELES--Swell Energy Inc., an advanced energy and grid solutions provider, today announced new opportunities for Southern California Edison (SCE) customers enrolling in its two clean energy virtual power plant (VPP) programs further incentivizing the transition to renewable and reliable power sources. The VPP programs are available to SCE customers in various Orange County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County neighborhoods who are interested in installing solar powered home batteries, and joining Swell's neighborhood Virtual Power Plants. Swell offers customers home batteries for a low fixed monthly payment and a second home battery at a reduced price when choosing Swell financing and joining Swell's VPP program. With this opportunity, customers and their communities can achieve greater resiliency and benefits from onsite backup power, and help the grid by reducing demand for electricity at key times.

VPPs offer a compelling way for homeowners, business owners and utilities to collectively meet today’s shifting energy needs by unlocking the potential of solar energy stored in an onsite battery. Owners can draw down stored energy when electricity is most expensive and reserve solar energy in case of a power outage. Participants in Swell’s southern California VPP programs further benefit by earning GridRevenue when consuming their stored energy in the evenings, providing much needed relief to the grid during peak times. By using a battery when the utility values it most, homeowners can arbitrage both retail and wholesale energy rates and achieve an accelerated payback on their energy system. Adding a second battery to the system further increases participation levels in the VPP and opportunities for GridRevenue, while simultaneously expanding power security on site. Swell's VPP program began operating earlier this year and is ramping up over the following year, providing immediate value to homeowners, small businesses and the grid.

“In SCE’s service area, our VPPs shift solar power consumption to peak demand periods en masse. By doing so, these programs provide the savings and energy security homeowners and businesses want, while increasing the local grid’s flexibility and resilience,” said Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy. “Swell VPPs ensure homeowners receive the maximum value from their home battery, and that utility VPP sponsors and adopters benefit from a large fleet of strategically placed batteries. Our ongoing energy programs with SCE are great models for the future of our electric grid in general.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

 
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