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CPower Expands Distributed Energy Resource Integration with AMPLY Power 

CPower

CPower partners with leading Charging-as-a-Service provider for electric vehicle fleets to drive new revenue, flexibility at the grid edge

BALTIMORE – April 28, 2021 — CPower Energy Management (“CPower”), a leading energy solutions provider, today expanded its partner ecosystem with AMPLY Power to offer transmission and distribution grids the flexibility to integrate electric vehicle (EV) chargers as a distributed energy resource (DER). AMPLY is a leader in providing fully managed charging services to public sector and commercial businesses with EV fleets. Through the partnership, CPower and AMPLY will help keep the grid balanced during peak hours.

Estimates show that commercial fleets in the U.S. will grow to include eight million EVs by 2030. As a result, power consumption will increase up to 230 terawatt-hours-per-year or approximately 6% of current U.S. power generation, creating a market opportunity of approximately $15 billion for EV fleet charging1.

“As the paradigm shift toward distributed energy resources integration becomes a reality, together with our partners, we’re unlocking benefits on both sides of the meter to maximize the full value of the grid,” said Mathew Sachs, senior vice president – strategy and business development, CPower. “As assets like electric vehicles and their chargers grow in popularity, demand-side energy management programs will become an even bigger priority for grid operators and utilities. We’re excited to partner with an industry leader like AMPLY to offer additional flexibility to the industry.”

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E Source Launches New Podcast: PowerTalking

E Source

E Source has created a new podcast called PowerTalking. The casual show blends humor and industry insights to give you quick view into what our experts are thinking and talking about. In our first episode, Bill LeBlanc, Chief Instigation Agent, and Bryan Jungers, Lead Analyst, chat with electric vehicle (EV) expert Chelsea Sexton to answer some questions around EV trends. Our next episode will be on Demand Response, so be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

https://www.esource.com/PowerTalking-podcast

 

Opus One Solutions’ GridOS® Platform to Prepare Singapore for a Renewable Energy Future for a Low Carbon Economy 

Opus One


Toronto, Ontario – April 21 2021 – Opus One Solutions a leading provider of software in distributed energy resource (DER), planning, management, and transactive /flexibility energy markets, and a Global Cleantech 100 company, was contracted by SP Group (SP) to implement its GridOS® software to optimize SP’s existing distributed energy in real time and integrate more renewable energy into the grid.

To combat climate change and rising electricity demand, Singapore is working to build a more sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply with the country planning to deploy at least two gigawatt-peak of solar energy by 2030 and 200 megawatts of energy storage beyond 2025. Building on the company’s existing smart grid initiative, Opus One and SP will undertake a proof-of-concept exercise where Opus One’s GridOS DER management platform will be deployed to enhance DER capabilities for a selected circuit.

Opus One will be leveraging its GridOS software to simulate scenarios in the future for the users to understand the effects of more DERs on the distribution system and how to enhance grid reliability in the scenarios. Some specific applications that will be tested with the software solution include analyzing network constraints, calculating hosting capacity for DER connections and managing DER dispatch with grid constraints. Through the proof-of-concept exercise, Opus One hopes the results will support SP in preparing Singapore for a low carbon energy future.

“We’re excited to work with SP on helping its country facilitate the transition to more renewable energy and a low carbon economy,” says Hari Suthan, Chief of Strategic Growth with Opus One Solutions. “By combining the planning and real-time operational capabilities of our GridOS software, we believe SP will be able to optimize its current distributed energy assets while laying out a plan of action for even more distributed energy in its grid for the future.”

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Con Edison and National Grid Select CPower for Dynamic Load Management Program in New York 

CPower

New York businesses address peak demand reduction and load relief on the distribution grid while propelling forward the state’s distributed energy resource goals

BALTIMORE — April 21, 2021 — CPower Energy Management (“CPower”), a leading energy solutions provider, today announced that it has been selected as one of the awardees by Con Edison and Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation d/b/a National Grid (“National Grid”) for each utility’s Term-Dynamic Load Management (DLM) Program (“Term-DLM Program”) in New York. The Term-DLM Program is a day-ahead peak-shaving program that will incentivize customers to provide load relief with 21 hours of notice or more. The program offers fixed pricing for contract lengths of three to five years and longer-term price certainty compared to tariff-based DLM programs, which can change pricing annually.

The Term-DLM Program was established in September 2020 by the New York Public Service Commission along with an additional long-term, contract-based program called the Auto-DLM Program, which requires higher performance in delivering load relief and the ability to respond to event calls in 10 minutes. The new programs aim to create more opportunities for distributed energy resources to participate in distribution level demand response and to help meet New York’s clean energy goals, including the procurement of 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025 and 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

“New York dynamic load programs serve as a model for greater energy flexibility as it creates value for both the utility and customer,” said Peter Dotson-Westphalen, senior director of Market Development, CPower. “We are honored to have been selected by Con Edison and National Grid as they advance the state’s goals for distributed energy resources, such as energy storage, to drive a cleaner energy future.”

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Tantalus Systems Holding Inc. (TSXV: GRID) Reports Strong Fourth Quarter & 2020 Year-End Results

Tantalus


Burnaby, BC – April 21, 2021 –– Smart grid technology leader Tantalus Systems Holding Inc. (TSXV: GRID) (“Tantalus”, “TSHI” or the “Company”) today announced the financial results for its wholly-owned subsidiary, TSH Canada Inc. (formerly known as Tantalus Systems Holding Inc.), for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. The Company also announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) has conditionally approved the listing of the Company’s shares. Listing is subject to the Company fulfilling all requirements of the TSX. The Company expects to satisfy the TSX’s requirements in the coming weeks.

“Considering the challenges witnessed throughout the course of 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across our utility customers and their communities, our business partners, and our employees, Tantalus finished the year with strong revenues during the second half of 2020, higher gross profits year-over-year and delivered a fourth consecutive year of positive adjusted EBITDA. The financial results delivered during the latter portion of 2020 bode well for our company and demonstrate management’s ability to navigate through unforeseen challenges at a macro-level,” said Peter Londa, President & CEO of Tantalus. “While Tantalus continues to witness disruptions to the utility sector on a regional basis across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean Basin arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and is subject to the supply chain constraints for microprocessors being witnessed globally in 2021, our business conditions are improving with increasing tailwinds to support the Company’s long-term growth.”

As an example of the tailwinds that are anticipated to support long-term growth, the Biden Administration’s shift in environmental policy, highlighted by a goal of decarbonizing the power industry in the United States by 2050, will lead to a massive investment in both renewable sources of generation and necessary upgrades to the distribution grid to provide utilities with the ability to command and control assets from the substation to the meter and into buildings and residences. In support of the administration’s environmental policy, the recent announcement of a $2 trillion stimulus package includes funding for utilities to upgrade infrastructure in conjunction with the deployment and adoption of renewable energy (such as wind and large solar installations) and distributed energy resources (known as “DERs”, such as electric vehicles, roof-top solar panels and battery storage). As these new renewable sources of power are deployed, utilities will need to make upgrades to their distribution grids to plan for the variability of renewable energy, as witnessed in Texas during the winter storm earlier this year, and to fully integrate DERs into their grid.

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