National Grid taps AutoGrid to manage DR, DER projects in Northeast territory
National Grid has selected AutoGrid to unify the management of its demand response and distributed energy resource programs in its North American service area.
The programs are expected to enroll over 400 MW of DR and DER projects over three years.
- National Grid plans to roll out five programs, in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island, in the first year of the collaboration.
National Grid’s North American service territory spans half a dozen Northeastern states that, to varying degrees, are re-assessing the regulatory framework of their power sectors and preparing for an influx of renewable energy resources and other new technologies such as energy storage devices and electric cars.
In order to manage the flow of power and data between those resources, National Grid conducted a solicitation, and in the end chose AutoGrid.
The first year of the three-year collaboration will focus on a variety of demand response and load relief programs in New York, as well as Connected Solutions Programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Eligible commercial and industrial customers can enroll in the programs through vendors such as EnerNOC, CPower, NRG, IP Keys, and Direct Energy.
AutoGrid says its software will allow National Grid to manage the programs through a single dashboard that is able to handle event dispatch, measurement and verification, and reporting for all customers.
“By unifying management of these flexibility management programs, National Grid is demonstrating how utilities of the future will use flexibility management to deliver value to their customers and succeed in the new distributed energy world,” Amit Narayan, CEO of AutoGrid, said in a statement.
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