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Itron Selected to be a Leading Technology Provider in California Distributed Energy Management Project

Itron

Itron Solution to Optimize Management of Distributed Energy Resources

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — Nov. 14, 2018 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI), which is innovating the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, will collaborate with Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC) and other companies in a project funded by California Energy Commission. Itron will be a leading technology provider in a project to manage load for customers as part of the Smart Home Study. The project will improve the load shape and minimize customer utility costs for 100 homeowners in southern California.

As the electricity grid changes, an increasing number of customers are installing distributed energy resources (DERs), such as batteries, electric vehicles and solar panels. These resources give customers more control over their energy usage, but also dramatically impact the utility grid. To help customers utilize and better understand their energy control potential, the Smart Home Study project aims to minimize the negative aspects of DERs while still realizing the benefits of these transformative technologies.

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Connected Energy announces major upgrade to CNRG at 38th PLMA Conference

Connected Energy

Connected Energy, a leading provider of advanced demand management and distributed energy resource management solutions for electric utilities, has announced the immediate availability of the next generation of CNRG at the 38th PLMA Conference. This upgrade is utility-hardened, having been released incrementally to current utility customers over the last 9 months. 

“This release is the culmination of cooperation and testing with utilities, industry consortiums, and Connected Energy engineering. We’ve had the privilege to work with this incredible team to add features that drive real value for utilities.” says Connected Energy CEO, Mark Rupnik. 

CNRG is an integrated software suite consisting of Demand Management, Distributed Energy Resources Management, Grid Management, and Data Analytics solutions. Key features of this release include:-  OpenADR 2.0b certification-  Integration with Sandia National Labs solar forecasting-  Geo visualization with advanced weather-  Programs for basic, adaptive, temp-rise, and precool options with near real-time M&V-  Data Explorer and Data Mining features for advanced data analytics-  Secure Energy cloud for SaaS options with full SOC 2, five practice auditing 

"We are pleased to have the 38th PLMA conference be the venue for this announcement. Connected Energy has a strong commitment supporting PLMA and load management practitioners”, commented Ed Thomas, Executive Director, PLMA.

 "Connected Energy is a key technology provider for the DOE ENERGISE solar project,” commented Jay Johnson, Sandia National Labs, adding, “CNRG has been a valuable asset in managing, controlling, and forecasting distributed solar generation.” 

"Connected Energy’s CNRG software has gone through the certification program and is OpenADR 2.0b compliant. The CNRG software has been added to the certified product directory featured on the OpenADR website,” said Rolf Bienert, Managing & Technical Director, OpenADR.

"To go along with this important release, we have published a DER Connectivity Technology whitepaper that will aid utilities in navigating the various standards and options for connecting DER assets,” announced Terry Rohrer, SVP, Marketing and Technology, Connected Energy. The paper is available for download at www.connectedenergy.com. 

PLMA.  PLMA was founded in 1999 as the voice of load management response practitioners. It is a community of experts and practitioners dedicated to sharing knowledge and providing resources to promote inclusiveness in the design, delivery, technology, and management of solutions addressing energy and natural resource integration. More information available is at www.peakload.org . 

OpenADR.  The OpenADR Alliance fosters the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard through collaboration, education, training, testing, and certification. The OpenADR Alliance is open to all interested stakeholders interested in accelerating the adoption of the OpenADR standard for price- and reliability-based demand response. More information is available at www.openadr.org. 

Sandia National Labs.  Sandia National Labs has research and development responsibilities in nuclear deterrence, global security, defense, energy technologies and economic competitiveness, with main facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Livermore, California. More information is at www.sandia.gov. 

Connected Energy.  Connected Energy is a member of SunSpec, PLMA, and OpenADR and is a leading provider of next generation demand management, DER management, grid management and data analytics solutions for electric utilities. Visit www.connectedenergy.com for more information.

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Navigant Publishes "Bring Your Own Device DSM Programs for Utilities and Retail Energy Suppliers"

Navigant Publishes 'Market Data: Demand Response for C&I'

This Navigant Research report examines the global Bring Your Own Device market, with a focus on smart thermostats, hot water heaters and appliances, energy storage, EVs, and EV supply equipment. The report explores the market issues related to BYOD devices, including drivers, barriers, and trends, to highlight regional activities and programs. Global market forecasts, segmented by device type and region, extend through 2027. The report also analyzes utility and non-utility BYOD business models and shares case studies of BYOD programs incorporating various technologies in North America.

Learn more at www.navigantresearch.com/reports/bring-your-own-device-dsm-programs-for-utilities-and-retail-energy-suppliers

Mention you are with a PLMA Member Organization and qualify for a 10% discount. To order, email [email protected].

 
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New report tracks projects that meet electricity needs without adding transmission lines

Non-wires alternatives gain traction as utility regulations adapt to better recognize value of distributed energy resource investments 

Non-wires alternatives, or NWAs, represent one of the most exciting opportunities for the transformation of U.S. utility business models. NWA projects can use distributed energy resources—including energy efficiency, demand response, solar, storage and microgrids—as least-cost energy solutions. By using NWAs, some utilities are delaying or deferring the need for comparably more expensive infrastructure, such as transmission and distribution projects.

To show how these often-complex projects are evolving, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), E4TheFuture, and PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) have released a new report: Non-Wires Alternatives: Case Studies from Leading U.S. Projects.

“If you look for solutions beyond stringing power lines, you can find plenty of real-world examples of less expensive alternatives that meet consumers’ energy needs, enable clean energy, allow utilities more flexibility, and shrink energy infrastructure’s environmental footprint,” said Steve Cowell, president of E4TheFuture, the nonprofit organization that funded the report. “The new report’s case studies offer excellent guidance and documentation — there’s no need to completely re-invent the wheel.”

“E4TheFuture was eager to secure the combined experience and skills of SEPA and PLMA, to address key unanswered questions about the NWA projects and opportunities in our industry,” said Cowell. “NWAs offer a proven path to evolve the utility model and role to achieve lower costs, with more reliability and resilience. In our early years as Conservation Services Group, we conducted some efforts in this area. The industry and regulators have since made significant strides. This report’s documentation of recent developments will enable more focused and successful efforts in the future.

The report profiles 10 industry-leading NWA projects of different sizes and types across the U.S., detailing the critical insights and lessons learned each has provided for utilities and other project developers. It is available for free download on the websites of all three organizations.

Key Takeaways include:

  • Existing NWAs have successfully delayed or deferred infrastructure investments, providing significant cost savings. For example, the Punkin Center NWA project in Arizona provided Arizona Public Service a more cost-effective alternative to stringing 17 miles of wire over rough terrain.
  • Load growth forecasts don’t always get it right. NWAs helps avoid large up-front costs by offering the flexibility to implement solutions in phases as load grows. They can also prevent stranded assets in cases where load growth doesn’t materialize, as in the GridSolar’s Boothbay project.
  • Open and technology-agnostic approaches fostered project success. The most successful projects explored potential solutions without preconceived notions and an open approach to technologies. In the case of Consolidated Edison’s Brooklyn Queens Demand Management project, an initial request for information helped widen the utility’s understanding of different technologies, which led to a portfolio approach to the project.
  • NWAs encourage new utility business models. Case studies included innovative utility compensation approaches and the use of customer-sited storage as demand response. Central Hudson Gas & Electric in New York collaborated with state regulators to create a unique, incentive-based compensation model that ensured the program financially benefited the utility and its customers. 

“What was really exciting for us to see was the range of technologies and the different applications being used in these projects—behind and in front of the meter, combined heat and power, solar, storage, energy efficiency,” said Brenda Chew, Research Analyst atSEPA. “Technology-agnostic approaches to these projects are providing multiple avenues for innovation, flexibility and reliability that benefit both customers and the grid.” 

“Over 40 industry professionals collaborated in this joint effort to nominate and select the case studies, and then peer-review the findings,” said PLMA Chair Michael Brown of NV Energy. “Valuable lessons were learned from energy and load management practitioners that could help shape the evolution of our industry.” 

Steve Cowell of E4TheFuture, Sarah Arison of Bonneville Power Administration, Mark Sclafani of Central Hudson Gas & Electric, Tiger Adolf of PLMA, and Brenda Chew of SEPA will be discussing insights from the report at the Non-Wires Alternatives panel, at 3:30 p.m. CST, Nov. 13 at the PLMA Conference in Austin. SEPA, E4TheFuture and PLMA will also co-host a free webinar on the report 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST on Dec. 6

Free Report download at HERE
Register for the Dec. 6th Webinar HERE

   
About E4TheFuture.  E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization advancing clean, efficient energy solutions. Advocating for smart policy with an emphasis on residential solutions is central to E4TheFuture’s strategy. “E4” means: promoting clean, efficient Energy; growing a low-carbon Economy; ensuring low-income residents can access clean, efficient, affordable energy (Equity); restoring a healthy Environment for people, prosperity and the planet. Dedicated to bringing clean, efficient energy home for every American, E4TheFuture’s endowment and primary leadership come from Conservation Services Group whose operating programs were acquired in 2015 by CLEAResult. Visit www.e4thefuture.org.

About SEPA.  The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry's smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International (now North American Smart Energy Week) and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.  

About PLMA.  PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 as the voice of load management practitioners. PLMA’s over 140 member organizations share expertise to educate each other and explore innovative approaches to demand response programs, price and rate response, regional regulatory issues, and technologies as the energy markets evolve to represent a broad range of energy. Learn more at www.peakload.org.

 

Origination/Sales Manager - Distributed Generation

SkippingStone

Function:
Sales, new business origination

Primary Locations:
Massachusetts; New Jersey; and Ontario, CA

Reports to:
Manager/Director, Distributed Generation

Objective:
The objective of the business development organization is to identify and secure opportunities and grow our business relationship with commercial and industrial customers within the targeted areas through both direct sales and via specific channels (Engineering Firms, Construction, Supply, etc.). This role is responsible for managing the overall business relationship with existing customers in specific regions and developing new business relationships and driving top line and bottom line results.

Job Summary:
Client’s Retail Programs is focused on providing energy-related solutions to customers within Canada and the United States. A rapidly growing division of the company that requires the expertise and experience to lead the sales process for large capital energy projects and more specifically behind-the-meter generation projects. The person will manage stakeholder and customer sales and will lead cross-functional teams both internal and external to build sustainable and profitable projects.

Key Responsibilities:
Lead a portfolio of project origination efforts with large commercial and industrial customers through to develop new generation projects by engaging existing and new customers directly or working with existing and new channels customers. Strong background in energy project development and retail power markets to facilitate a consultative relationship.

  • Plan, control and direct the overall activities of the project efforts to achieve business objectives as they relate to revenue growth, margin, profitability and risk management.
  • Work with internal and external operations to ensure adequate project planning is undertaken to ensure procurement and project scheduling meets both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead stakeholder engagement with end customers, contractors, consultants, and other parties to maintain consistent communication and address issues in a collaborative fashion.
  • Provide key performance indicator reports that appropriately measure the success factors of assigned projects, such as cost variance, delivery to schedule, customer engagement.
  • Monitors and communicates project status to project team and management.
  • Manages project risk; uses quality tools to identify areas of risk; works with others on the team and outside the team to identify alternatives or solutions.
  • Documents and shares team learnings with other teams; draws on other project team experiences to enhance the success of the project.
  • Identifies and assigns appropriate resources to accomplish various project tasks; guides and coaches team members through various stages of the project; provides developmental feedback to team members.

Skills:
Drive Results - Self-starter and discipline to work remotely and independently to drive results in a sales and incentive based role

Leadership - Establishes a clear confidence in the vision, inspiring that vision to others so they will follow willingly, providing decisive and knowledge in decision-making, optimistic and accountable for Operations Team performance.

Issue Management - Maintains a cross-functional project topics list, with appropriate prioritization based on the issue's level of importance. Drives appropriate and timely resolution and approval of changes to the project plan.

Scope Management - Solicits and organizes customer requirements and tracks the status of project deliverables. Manages the connections between multiple levels of scope detail in related additional documents.

Schedule Management - Develops and maintains a cross-functional schedule. Proficient at one or more schedule management tools. Knows the right level of detail needed to use the tool effectively.

Stakeholder Management and Communication - Identifies, engages and manages stakeholders on a project or groups of projects. Overcomes obstacles and resistance among stakeholders. Effectively stratifies stakeholder needs and creates and executes communications plans to fit the unique needs of each type of stakeholder.

Cross-Functional Knowledge - Understands the more detailed hand-off between functional areas on a project and understands the detailed work of at least one functional area.

Project Risk Management - Leads teams in the development of a project FMEA and/or 9-box project risk summary and identifies and manages the actions to mitigate the risk.

Education, Licenses, Certifications:
College, University, or relevant experience required. Experience: Industry background

  • 5 years’ or greater experience in power project development (retail/wholesale)
  • Understanding of the power markets and specific ISO rules and programs and ability to effectively communicate
  • Track record of proven origination/development experience and ability to drive results.

 For more information contact: 

Ross Malme | Partner | Skipping Stone, LLC
1000 Parkwood Circle
Suite 900, Atlanta, Ga 30339
Office: (678) 784-4054
Cell: (404) 307-5999
[email protected] |www.SkippingStone.com

 
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