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Kandiyohi Power Cooperative Validates Integration of Tantalus’ TUNet Technology with Neptune’s R900 System Data


Utility generates incremental revenue stream by providing billing data to the neighboring utility operated by the City of Oliva, MN

BURNABY, BC – April 28, 2022 – Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID) (“Tantalus” or the “Company”), a smart grid technology company focused on helping build sustainable utilities, is pleased to announce that Kandiyohi Power Cooperative has deployed and validated the capability of the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet®) to capture, integrate and present consumption and flow data from licensed Neptune R900® water endpoints.   

Kandiyohi has partnered with the City of Olivia, MN, which had previously invested in water system automation by deploying R900 RF water endpoints that were being read monthly via a drive-by data collection solution. By leveraging the TRUScan™ capability embedded within Tantalus’ TUNet smart grid platform, which uniquely enables utilities to access and enable data from a diverse set of endpoints that rely on different protocols across one smart-grid network, Kandiyohi has demonstrated the ability to integrate smart meter data along with daily water consumption and critical alarm data from the city’s deployed Neptune R900 endpoints.  As a result of the successful validation, Kandiyohi is now able to provide the city with a path to a more resilient, digitized distribution network at a fraction of the cost of a stand-alone full deployment.    

“Like many public power utilities, Olivia has made previous investments in the automation of their water system with the deployment of the drive-by Neptune R900/R900i water solution.  Since those Neptune endpoints communicate via a licensed protocol, their ability to integrate those devices into a broader multi-commodity smart grid deployment would have previously required that we rip and replace those drive-by water endpoints with an entirely new AMI water endpoint solution,” said Chad Straus, AMI Administrator at Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, MN.  “We are excited that Tantalus and Neptune have solved this problem by integrating Neptune R900/R900i endpoints into a single multi-commodity TUNet smart grid platform. The combined solution allows the city to preserve citizens’ investment in Neptune’s water devices while simultaneously migrating the electric distribution system to a more resilient smart grid network.” Kandiyohi owns and operates the Tantalus smart grid network that provides the Neptune water meter data along with electric meter data to Olivia for monthly billing.

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New Study Uncovers EV Load Flexibility Potential in the Largest US EV Market

Opinion Dynamics

WALTHAM, Mass, April 21 -- Electric vehicle (EV) sales soared in 2021, nearly doubling 2020 sales numbers. With over 20 new EV models expected to hit showroom floors in 2022, analysts predict another surge of EV sales this year. In an effort to better understand the impact of the EV boom, improve resilience, and address emerging grid needs, Opinion Dynamics recently completed a study to investigate and determine the load reduction potential of EV Automated Demand Response (ADR) technologies.

The study, conducted on behalf of Pacific, Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), analyzed data of EV consumers to quantify the peak and overnight load management potential for EV charging control technologies. This data revealed that EV charging load is greatest overnight, and EV charging controls hold promise for mitigating EV overnight peaks. Opinion Dynamics also verified the EV load management capabilities of vendors that control chargers directly (ChargePoint® and Enel X®) as well as vendors that leverage vehicle telematics (Geotab Energy®) with a sample of PG&E EV owners through a technology field test. The field test results revealed that all vendors effectively curtailed EV charging during demand response (DR) events with minimal impact on the study participants.

Additionally, field test participants showed interest in bidirectional charging, a technology that continues to show promise in complementary pilots conducted for PG&E. 

These findings are supplemented by the results of a survey Opinion Dynamics conducted of 3,000 PG&E EV owners to assess customer awareness and perceptions of the environmental, financial, and grid benefits of managed charging, as well as interest in using their vehicle as a battery during times of grid stress. Results of the survey indicated:

  • Nearly half of respondents indicated they would be willing to enroll in an EV DR program that included a $50 incentive for enrollment.
  • By contrast, we found a $300 incentive would be necessary to convince 45% of EV owners to upgrade to a Smart Level 2 charger.
  • Additionally, Opinion Dynamics ascertained EV owners’ incentive and program design preferences to inform the development of future EV load management programs.

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Meet the 19th PLMA Award Winners from 2022: 

PLMA proudly announced the winners of its 19th PLMA Awards. Those recognized by their peers for outstanding load management programs, initiatives, and achievements in calendar year 2021 included:


Program Pacesetter Winners:

Technology Pioneer Award Winner:

Thought Leadership Award Winner: 

These award winners were recognized at the 45thrd PLMA Conference, April 4-6, 2022. Each winning initiative will be featured in a PLMA Load Management Dialogue webinar/podcast during the summer of 2022. 

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Each Winning Initiative

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Tantalus and Energy Toolbase Partner to Secure First of Several Projects Bringing a Commercial-Grade Microgrid Solution to Market


BURNABY, BC – April 5, 2022- Tantalus Systems (TSX: GRID) (“Tantalus” or the “Company”), a smart grid technology company focused on helping build sustainable utilities, is pleased to announce the deployment of an industry-leading commercial microgrid project being delivered in partnership with Energy Toolbase (“ETB”), which provides a suite of project modeling, energy storage control and asset monitoring products for solar and storage microgrid deployments.

Tantalus, through its recent acquisition of DLC Systems d/b/a Congruitive (“Congruitive”) and ETB are jointly supporting the deployment of a microgrid that includes solar panels and battery storage to provide resiliency to the headquarters of a major construction company in Riverdale, California. Designed to address the broader global microgrid market, which is expected to grow by nearly 18% annually to US$26B by 2026, the combined solution will enable the construction company to manage demand charges, perform load shifting and take advantage of other economic optimizations while being connected to the electric distribution grid, as well as providing resiliency to maintain operations in the event the headquarters experiences a power outage from their local utility. During grid power outages, the microgrid will automatically reconfigure the solar and storage system into an islanded resource, delivering backup power to the building. As part of the deployment, ETB’s energy management system, known as Acumen EMS™, is providing the intelligence layer to manage the economic optimization of the system. Through its Congruence.IQ™ (“C.IQ™”) Microgrid Controller, Tantalus is delivering the necessary software and tools to manage the microgrid during grid outages.  

“We are witnessing an increasing number of commercial enterprises build their own microgrids to become more resilient and mitigate exposure to power outages,” said Scott D’Ambrosio, Vice President of Sales at Energy Toolbase. “Organizations not only need the support and expertise to help simplify these complex projects, but also the intelligent software required to safely operate and monetize these systems. By integrating the C.IQ capabilities from Tantalus, our partnership delivers a comprehensive system to maximize the return on investments being made in microgrids.” 

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SMUD Job Opportunity: Senior Strategic Business Planner


Senior Strategic Business Planner
Advanced Energy Solutions

This is a critical position for the development of Advanced Energy Solutions (AES) contribution to SMUD’s 2030 Zero Carbon Plan. The position reports to the Manager of Market and Program Development (Planning) in AES. The successful candidate will guide the continued development of Load Flexibility (peak reduction and storage) and Electric Transportation programs for SMUD. The Load Flexibility portfolio of programs contains very mature programs that need to evolve to programs that are currently only in a concept phase, but have high expectation of growth.  The Electric Transportation portfolio of programs are adapting toward programs designed to work with customers to develop charging infrastructure. Because of the need for load management of new loads, these portfolios are closely linked.  The successful candidate will have the responsibility to guide and make adjustments to the programs to ensure they meet the needs of the Zero Carbon Plan and the SMUD grid. This candidate may also be asked to assist with other portfolios in AES (Energy Efficiency, Building Electrification, or Green Pricing). The successful candidate may also be required to provide assistance to other staff members adding their expertise and leadership in the development and creation of other new programs or processes. Over the next few years, there will be significant growth in AES to support the 2030 Zero Carbon Plan. The growth will be in both number of programs and efforts, but also in volume. The person selected for this job will need to collaborate with a large number of departments, facilitate a constantly evolving amount of work (both new and existing work), have great organizational skills, and operate as an integral component of the AES community. For this position, there is also a desire for strong analytical skills.

To lead in the performance of both short and long term strategic business planning balancing the experiences and needs of customers while also focusing on internal priorities, resources and objectives. Oversee long term strategies while also delivering value to the business through short term, actionable efforts. In doing so, clearly identifies SMUD’s current state, desired state, key steps required to reach the desired state, and the benefits to our customers and SMUD. Maintains a focus on customer experience excellence; ensures achievement of department results and goals that support SMUD strategic objectives

Nature & Scope: Serves as a technical or functional expert or consultant providing expertise and/or direction in one or more areas of a professional discipline and assumes responsibility for resolving complex problems and projects; may serve in a Lead role and assist in planning, coordinating, prioritizing, monitoring and evaluating the work results in assigned area and in selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and developing lower-level personnel.

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