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Things to Look for at DistribuTECH 2017

There’s no doubt this year’s DistribuTECH will continue to set the standard for compelling content and discussion. If you’re planning on attending, here are four things you can’t miss!

January 12 , 2017 Read More

2016 Year in Review

Sasan Mokhtari, President and Chief Executive Officer at OATI, shares the company’s 2016 accomplishments and his thoughts on the future.

December 19 , 2016 Read More

8 Key Highlights from FERC’s Energy Storage and DER Aggregation NOPR

Last week, FERC issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to “remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and Distributed Energy Resource aggregations in the capacity, energy, and ancillary service markets” run by ISOs/RTOs. Today, we share eight quick highlights you will want to be aware of.

December 1 , 2016 Read More

When is a Distributed Energy Resource Management System Necessary?

As Distributed Energy Resources continue to roll out in service territories across the country, the question becomes not if a Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) is necessary, but when.

November 30 , 2016 Read More

Cooperatives Plan for the Future at the Rural Smart Grid Summit

This year’s Rural Smart Grid Summit brought together vendors representing the latest technologies and services for smart utility solutions, as well as more than 100 representatives from rural electric cooperatives to discuss the proliferation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), cybersecurity, and much more. 

November 23 , 2016 Read More

Utilities Betting Big on Microgrids

With many utilities increasingly making investments in microgrids a huge part of their growth strategy, OATI’s microgrid expert, Terry Mohn, examines the key drivers of this trend in addition to providing an overview of utilities that have already integrated microgrids into their business model, their funding sources, the microgrid asset[...]

November 14 , 2016 Read More

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: How Microgrids Impact the Energy Industry

New technologies, like microgrids and community solar gardens, are bringing disruptive innovation to the energy industry. Rather than let these changes disrupt their business, utilities should cultivate the big opportunities they bring.

October 21 , 2016 Read More

IEEE ISGT 2016 Conference Recap

OATI employees played an integral role in the success of the 2016 Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference as organizers, presenters, session leaders, and committee chairs. Learn more about the conference and OATI’s involvement in today’s post:

October 5 , 2016 Read More

Navigating Change in the Evolving Energy Industry

What’s your strategy for navigating change in our evolving energy industry? Big or small, Investor or Publicly Owned, every utility needs one to be successful. In this post, we highlight important items to consider when evaluating your company’s current strategy:

September 21 , 2016 Read More

Part 2: Ensuring Adequate Generation Supply

Many utilities struggle to deal with achieving adequate generation supply as the system approaches Real-Time operation. Today’s blog post focuses on how generation scheduling in the Near Real-Time and Real-Time time horizons can help improve reliability and efficiency.

September 12 , 2016 Read More

Fostering Successful G&T Demand Side Management Strategies with Distribution Member Cooperatives

The incorporation of Demand Side Management Strategies into the supply equation is fostering successful partnerships between Generation and Transmission (G&T) cooperatives and their distribution cooperative members. Find out why…

August 18 , 2016 Read More

Securing the Internet of (Grid) Things

At the edge of the distribution grid lies a number of devices that could provide significant value to Smart Grid applications. While the value gained from communicating with these devices is enormous, a roadblock to harnessing their power has been the lack of efficient, affordable, and secure communication paths. Until now…

July 1 , 2016 Read More

CVR-as-a-Service for Municipal Power Companies

Municipals’ mission is to provide a sustainable, quality lifestyle for their citizens. When a city/county operates their own electric distribution grid, that mission also includes delivering cost-effective, highly reliable electricity. Learn how these entities can deploy CVR to lower demand related charges and increase power quality.

June 24 , 2016 Read More

Ensuring Adequate Generation Supply

Optimal dispatch applications can help meet system demands and reserves requirements, but long-term planning, operations planning, generation scheduling, and generation control need to be considered to ensure adequate generation supply. 

June 13 , 2016 Read More

Managing the Operational Challenges of the Distribution Grid

The rise in renewable sources of energy, and the growing capabilities of consumers to manage their own demand, is having a profound impact on the electric power industry. Learn how Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) can help utilities overcome the challenges they are facing as a result of these elements.

June 7 , 2016 Read More

CVR and the Clean Power Plan

EPA’s Clean Power Plan is presenting challenges for utilities, but Conservation Voltage Reduction may prove to be a creative approach to addressing a complex problem. 

June 3 , 2016 Read More

Takeaways from India Smart Grid Week

Smart Grid and Microgrid business in the U.S. is in full, steady growth mode, but something very exciting is also occurring in developing countries. Terry Mohn recently returned from India, where he talked to utility and business heads at the second annual India Smart Grid Week. Here are his key takeaways. 

May 17 , 2016 Read More

Distribution System Operator Construct Emerges to Address Electric Industry Challenges

The electric industry is undergoing a paradigm shift due to a combination of factors. These factors have led to new operational challenges for both bulk power and distribution system operators and are impacting the utility business model. A new Distribution System Operator construct is emerging as a venue to address these challenges[...]

April 28 , 2016 Read More