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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[...]
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.
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:
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:
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[...]