From gaining initial technology experience, to operating a sustainable distributed energy resource (DER) program, our continuum of services encompasses all of the major activities needed to understand and embrace DERs as an integral part of electric power systems.
Our services include:
How can we learn the most from a technology demonstration project?
- Matches learning objectives with appropriate project structure and technology selection.
- Includes support for technology and vendor selection, procurement, project operations, and raining.
- Helps identify and capture grants, structure supplier partnerships, and form partner engagements that achieves more learning with less investment.
- Ensures utility personnel can safely deploy and learn about new technologies; reduces risk of poorly designed pilot slowing adoption.
- Maximizes technical readiness and acceptance of new technologies.
Can DERs provide an alternative to traditional grid infrastructure?
- Technical analysis and modeling characterize the operational need and determines optimal DER design.
- Techno-economic analysis identifies and quantifies additional valuable use cases such as market participation.
- Analysis quantifies costs and benefits of multiple DER solutions, enabling data-driven decision making.
- Generates technical and economic data to compare non-wires alternatives (NWA) to traditional grid infrastructure investment options.
- Supports gaining regulatory approval for projects, including as rate-based assets.
- Provides solid technical and economic foundation to launch project procurement and execution.
What are the best types and sizes of DERs to achieve my objectives at a single site?
- Analysis and model-driven technology selection to determine the best types, sizing, and operating scheme for a set of DERs at a single site, including BTM and microgrid deployments.
- Identifies available DER value streams and optimizes design to meet site objectives such as reducing energy cost, enhancing resiliency, increasing revenue, and capturing new market opportunities.
- Provides a DER design including types, sizes, site plan, and ~10% design drawings that support data-driven investment and project planning decisions.
- Enables energy providers to engage their customers with attractive and feasible DER options.
How do we deploy and control DERs to increase the circuit hosting capacity for renewables?
- Circuit modeling identifies technical constraints to connection of renewable generation and determines DER solutions that increase the hosting capacity of a circuit.
- Analysis determines optimal DER configuration and cost to enable data-driven decision making.
- Provides quantified DER options that enable a higher penetration of distributed renewables and create other grid and customer benefits.
- Gives utilities an actionable alternative when interconnection studies find a constraint to the connection of renewable generation on a circuit.
How do we run a competitive and efficient procurement process for a new technology?
- Provides guidance and support for implementing the best strategy and process for competitive, effective, and efficient procurement of new technologies.
- Includes RFP writing, engineering/owners representative services to support RFP, vendor evaluation, contract negotiation, and transition to project delivery.
- Lowers asset price by enabling a more competitive procurement that is driven by clear, consistent, technology-appropriate RFP requirements.
- Lowers cost and shortens time of procurement as compared to a process that tries to fit a new technology into procurement models for traditional assets.
How do we operate, staff, and optimize a DER program for the long term?
- Employs cross-functional engagement to develop the who, what, when, where, and why for efficient and reliable DER fleet operations.
- Includes development of roles and responsibilities, dispatch methodology and data flow, maintenance, field support, and asset management.
- Identifies the staffing, training, and systems needed for a DER fleet to achieve scalable, sustainable value as a core utility asset class.
- Drives more efficient procurement and operation of DERs by providing the program and technical requirements needed to make DERs a cohesive and supported asset class.