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Swell Energy and Shifted Energy Establish Digital Partnership to Expand Capabilities for Virtual Power Plants

Shifted and Swell

Posted November 16, 2023

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a move that advances the capabilities and value proposition across the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) landscape, leading grid solutions providers Swell Energy Inc. (Swell) and Shifted Energy (Shifted) today announced a strategic alliance and digital partnership designed to deliver greater value to the expanding base of energy consumers and utilities they serve. Across key energy markets, VPPs are rapidly becoming the most efficient solution to maintaining a cost-effective power supply in the face of a changing energy landscape, an aging grid, and the occurrence of extreme weather events. As VPPs become a mainstay of the grid, continuing to augment VPP capabilities has become a critical mandate for the sector. By harnessing the combined capabilities and market approaches of Swell and Shifted, the partnership amplifies the scope and value of their existing and future VPP projects by vastly broadening the types of distributed energy resources (DERs) and devices that can be synchronized and aggregated into their VPPs.

The partnership is centered on merging the capabilities of Shifted’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) Grid Maestro™ with Swell's DERMS GridAmp™ into a single, comprehensive, and unique offering that allows utilities to manage otherwise disparate assets in a synchronized and holistic manner. This turnkey VPP solution can be integrated into any utility’s existing SCADA platform to provide high-fidelity forecasts of energy demand and generation across a wide array of customer-sited DERs, devices, and appliances, and can further be used to manage these assets in an integrated manner within a VPP. Considered to be best-in-class technologies on their own, GridAmp™ and Grid Maestro™ now come together to deliver superior functionality to the grid through enhanced AI learning and decisioning that allows consumers and utilities to optimize how customer-sited DERs and devices interact with the broader grid. Whereas the GridAmp™ platform has perfected the smart management and dispatch of solar PV and energy storage assets into the development of VPPs, the Grid Maestro™ platform has specialized in the smart management of household loads, including water heaters, thermostats, pool pumps, EV chargers, and smart appliances. The fusion of these two grid technologies offers a comprehensive and scalable solution to streamline the management of emerging energy assets, optimize system performance across the entire electrified home, and enhance customer experience and value.

“In addition to combining technological capabilities, our alliance with Swell will unite our complementary approaches to market entry and expansion, increasing the distribution of a range of energy solutions,” explains Forest Frizzell, co-founder and CEO of Shifted Energy.

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Virtual Peaker Executives Appointed to Board Positions at Leading Energy Industry Non-Profits

Virtual Peaker

Tapped for expertise in grid modernization, demand response, distributed energy, and dynamic load management, Colin Lamb joined the SECC Board of Directors, and Eric Van Orden was named to the PLMA Executive Committee

Posted November 16, 2023

Louisville, KY – November 15, 2023 – Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company that empowers modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, today announced two executives have been appointed to board positions at leading energy industry non-profits. Colin Lamb, Vice President of Delivery joins the board of directors at Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) and Eric Van Orden, Director of Partnerships was selected for the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) Executive Committee.

Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Appoints Colin Lamb to Board of Directors

SECC is a nonprofit organization that works to learn the wants and needs of energy consumers in North America, encourages the collaborative sharing of best practices in consumer engagement among industry stakeholders, and educates the public about the benefits of smart energy technology.

“I am honored to join SECC’s board of directors and help further the organization’s mission to serve as a trusted source of information on consumers’ views of grid modernization, energy delivery, and usage,” said Lamb. “I am excited to help SECC further realize its vision to empower all consumers to benefit from smart energy.”

Colin Lamb is Vice President of Delivery at Virtual Peaker where he leads client program implementation, technical and customer support, and technology partnerships. Colin previously guided product and go-to-market strategy for the grid optimization startup Utilidata, and while at Xcel Energy he led product development of new customer solutions including load management programs across the Xcel Energy footprint.

Peak Load Management Alliance Names Eric Van Orden to Executive Committee

Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), is a member-led nonprofit organization founded in 1999 as the voice of load management practitioners. PLMA member organizations include private and publicly owned utilities, technology companies, energy and energy solution providers, equipment manufacturers, research and academic organizations, and consultants.

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Eversource Job Opportunity: Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant, Electrification (Hybrid)


Posted November 15, 2023

If you’re passionate about sustainability, join a team of professionals connected and motivated by this common commitment to the environment and furthering the energy efficiency of our region. In this role within the energy efficiency department, make a direct impact as you work with contractors, manufacturers and distributors to influence the energy efficiency product supply chain.

As an Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant for the Channel Team, you will lead the development of electrification solutions for Commercial and Industrial customers. In this role, you will specifically be supporting the Heat Pump and Electrification channel. You will be leading the engagement with manufacturers, distributors, and installers to drive Heat Pump awareness through marketing and training. You will work closely with the commercial sector to deliver electrification opportunities through varying program deliveries. As a member of this team, you are driven to help support the channel and supply chain; and identify new and emerging technologies that could be utilized as energy efficiency measures within our programs. On a regular basis, you will interact with both internal teams such as program implementation, engineering, program assessment, marketing, and business intelligence, as well as external partners such as regulatory authority administrators and other utilities or program sponsors.

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Virtual Peaker Integrate with Sensi by Copeland

Virtual Peaker

Sensi residential smart thermostat customers can now participate in utility-sponsored demand response programs without sacrificing comfort.

Posted October 25, 2023

Louisville, KY – October 25, 2023 – Virtual Peaker, a cloud-based SaaS company that empowers modern utilities with the friendliest distributed energy platform on the planet, today announced its integration with Sensi smart thermostats by Copeland. Sensi smart thermostat users will now be able to participate in utility demand response programs and earn incentives in exchange for reducing energy usage during peak demand with the utility.

This partnership provides consumers with various thermostat choices and utilities with the opportunity to manage peak energy demand and engage with more customer segments in the US and Canada.

“We’re excited to partner with Copeland, a leader in smart thermostats,” said Eric Van Orden, Director of Technology Partnerships at Virtual Peaker. “Although smart thermostats have been around for over a decade, we are just now moving past the early adopters and into the mass market. Copeland’s Sensi smart thermostat portfolio provides both affordable and high-end options. When paired with Virtual Peaker and utility programs, customers can now get additional value through incentives.”

“Partnering with Virtual Peaker allows us to deliver value to energy users and greater peak load reduction to the grid,” said Brendan O’Toole, vice president, Sensi product platform for Copeland. “Sensi smart thermostats provide a great customer experience and when pairing our industry-leading API with Virtual Peaker’s technology, can also provide utilities with the savings they need to be successful with their demand response programs.”

To learn more about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs for smart thermostats, visit

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Tierra Resource Consultants Job Opportunity: Managing ConsultantTierra

Posted October 23, 2023

About Us: Tierra Resource Consultants (Tierra) is a clean energy and sustainability consulting firm specializing in energy, carbon, and resource management services for various clients across North America. Our five practice areas encompass strategy development, market and customer research, project and program delivery, impact and process evaluation, and sustainability services. We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Managing Consultant to support a variety of distributed energy resource (DER), energy efficiency, demand response, load flexibility, and sustainability projects.

Key Responsibilities: As a Managing Consultant, you will play a pivotal role in contributing to and managing key projects as part of our continued growth and success. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborate with clients to design and implement customized clean-energy strategies and programs.
  • Conduct data-driven research to identify clean-energy opportunities and market trends.
  • Support the delivery of innovative customer programs and energy projects.
  • Deliver impact and process evaluation services and optimize customer experience.
  • Contribute to business development initiatives and proposal writing efforts.

Qualifications: To excel in this role, you should possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, environmental sciences, economics, sustainability, or other related field, with a preference for candidates with a master's degree or relevant certifications.
  • Proven consulting experience with distributed energy resource (DER), energy efficiency, demand response, load flexibility, and sustainability projects.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple teams and manage multiple tasks.

Location: This position is based in our Boulder, Colorado office. Remote work or flexible working arrangements may be considered for the right candidate.

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