Bonneville Power Administration Selects AutoGrid For Demand Response

AutoGrid’s demand response solution will help Bonneville to provide a more reliable and affordable electricity supply to its customers.
Published: Thu 13 Nov 2014

AutoGrid System’s Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS) application has been selected by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to implement and manage advanced demand response demonstrations. The solution will enable BPA to schedule and automate events and see actual load shed during events.

BPA’s demand response needs

BPA is responsible for marketing wholesale electricity to municipal utilities, co-operatives, investor-owned utilities, Native American tribal utilities and other customers. In all, BPA serves 142 firm power customers, which in turn provide power to millions of consumers and businesses in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Approximately 30% of the power consumed in the region comes from BPA.

As the US Department of Energy’s largest power marketing administration, BPA needed a robust standards-based automated demand response system. AutoGrid’s DROMS application will enable BPA to plan and execute demand response events and help BPA achieve its aim to provide its customers with reliable and affordable electricity.

BPA’s DROMS implementation features a unified view across all programmes and participants receive updates in real-time with information on load shed and other aspects of operations. BPA programme managers and system operators will now be able to review and manage all their DR resources through an intuitive interface.

“BPA’s program is one of the most innovative uses of automated demand response in the nation involving stringent real-time processing requirements,” said Amit Narayan, founder & CEO at AutoGrid. “We are pleased to be serving BPA on their next generation needs of creating a truly open standards-based dispatch grade DR system.”

AutoGrid’s Demand Response Optimization and Management System features

AutoGrid DROMS application delivers fully integrated demand response management capabilities that include:

• Ability to Create Flexible DR Programs: Utilities can offer the widest choice of programs to their residential, commercial and industrial customers to maximize customer satisfaction, improve program enrolment, and increase total megawatts available from demand response. The solution supports all variations of DR, including traditional direct load control, critical peak pricing, variable pricing, real-time pricing, peak-time rebate, demand and capacity bidding programs, as well as the more advanced energy and ancillary services programs such as spinning reserves and regulation services.
• A Unified View of Available Resources Across All Programs: DROMS allows DR program managers and grid system operators to view available capacity across all customer segments, load types, geographic locations, and programs from a single dashboard, making it easier to dispatch these resources optimally as part of the generation stack
• Real-Time Load Forecasting and Event Monitoring: Advanced machine learning techniques generate highly accurate real-time predictions of individual loads, response to load shed requests or price signals, converting DR into a reliable, Dispatch Grade resource.
• Open Standards Based Communication: The solution supports the widest ecosystem of devices and all commonly used industry standards, such as OpenADR 1.0 and 2.0a/b, SEP 1.x over AMI, and SEP 2.0, providing utilities and their customers an unprecedented choice of hardware devices that can be used to automate their DR operations. This results in lower cost by avoiding any proprietary “vendor lock” for customers.
• Powerful Measurement, Verification, Analytics and Reporting: DROMS provides a large library of reports for accurately calculating and comparing event and program performances across any customer or program attributes by analyzing actual consumption data from the smart meters immediately on completion of the event.
• High Security, Reliability and Scalability: Using a highly scalable and secure architecture, the system can be hosted on public or private clouds and process millions of endpoints and petabytes of data.

Autogrid – a transformational technology pioneer

Utilities such as Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Austin Energy, E.ON, PSEG-LI, Hawaii Electric, Southern California Edison, Florida Power & Light, and the City of Palo Alto Utilities are using AutoGrid’s big data analytics technology to improve the reliability and productivity of their operations.

AutoGrid technology is also embedded in software products from leading vendors, such as Schneider Electric, NTT Data, and Silver Spring Networks.

AutoGrid, has recently been named a transformational technology pioneer for 2015 by the World Economic Forum. [Engerati-Energy And Technology Pioneers – Ten Companies To Watch In 2015].

Amit Narayan, CEO of AutoGrid Systems, says of demand response solutions, “This simple idea of software controlling energy more intelligently can save more power than all the nuclear plants and hydroelectric dams of the world combined produce. And, this is only one of the many ways in which software can help.Data doesn’t fit squarely at first glance with other forms of energy, but we have the opportunity to make it an integral element of our power system.”

Engerati recently featured an interview with the company’s vice president of product management and marketing Raj Pai [Engerati – Driving Utility Business Applications With Data].