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Achieving Operational Optimization in the Western EIM

Mehdi describes how to achieve operational optimization in the Western EIM by showing how OATI flagship software solution, webEIM, is helping the different market participants achieve their business objectives.

November 16 , 2017 Read More

Securing DERs: Two Mega Trends Made Real for Municipal Utilities

According to the July 2017 Municipal Utility Outlook presented by Zpryme, Distributed Energy Resources are emerging as a top focus area for municipal utilities to integrate with their current system.

November 15 , 2017 Read More

Defense in Depth: Preventing Cyber Attacks and Data Loss

Learn how to practice defense in depth to protect your business from cyber-attacks. Create a strategy of having several layers of protection so if an attack does break through one barrier, it will be stopped at the next.

November 13 , 2017 Read More

Microgrids in Mexico

Microgrids are proving to be a critical source of reliable, resilient, and cost-efficient power and as natural disasters impact Mexico. This innovative technology can help keep critical facilities open during power outages.

November 10 , 2017 Read More

Benefits-Driven Energy Market Management Software for BAs.

Without an advanced energy market management software, a balancing authority—especially one participating in the Western Energy Imbalance Market—is likely going to fail.

November 9 , 2017 Read More

The Evolution of DERMS

From Load Management Systems (LMS) to Demand Response Management Systems (DRMS), and now with Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), provision of grid service technology has evolved significantly in the past few decades. What industry trends have driven this evolution?

October 18 , 2017 Read More

Using Microgrids to Advance Grid Modernization

The electric grid currently uses overhead lines to deliver power to consumers. However, the grid is facing challenges that prevent it from being efficient. Microgrids are a smart solution to generate renewable sources of energy.

October 11 , 2017 Read More

Midwest Energy Storage Summit Brings Stakeholders Together

At the Midwest Energy Storage Summit, industry leaders came together to discuss grid modernization efforts in the Midwest and collaborate on the future of our energy systems. The event hosted a variety of speakers with different perspectives on how to adapt in the evolving energy landscape.

October 4 , 2017 Read More

What is Access Control and Why Do We Need It?

Develop a comprehensive access control system of role-based access, password policy, multi factor authentication, and more to protect your data. From basic to advanced systems, following the policies ensures your business is secure.

September 28 , 2017 Read More

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Highlight the Urgent Need for NWAs

It does not matter whether you believe that global warming is the cause of the highly devastating hurricanes afflicting the United States eastern seaboard. What you can absolutely count on is the likelihood of these extreme weather events recurring and take immediate steps to mitigate their impacts.

September 26 , 2017 Read More

Simplify Data Exchange with External Systems

External system guidelines and regulations shift, entities are burdened with sending, monitoring, and updating their outage data to coordinate with external systems. Outage Management Systems simplify this process to facilitate ease of data synchronization.

September 19 , 2017 Read More

Challenging Fossil Fuels: Renewable Energy Takes on Two States at a Time

Renewable energy transforms the power industry by providing clean power at a lower cost. Hawaii and California are adopting goals to transition to 100% clean energy by 2045. With state Renewable Portfolio Standards in place, will the power industry be able to meet the operational and reliability challenges of fully relying on renewables?

September 6 , 2017 Read More

Understanding Your Attack Surface Area

Understand your attack surface area to reduce the exposure your network, software, and human components face. If a single element is compromised, the result could be significant damage in the event of an actual threat. Control your exposure and stay ahead of cyber attackers. 

August 30 , 2017 Read More

Maximizing Generation Fleet Profitability

The ability to run a profitable power generation business means much more than maximizing capacity output from a generation fleet. It demands best-in-class generation planning and a bid-to-bill enterprise software solution to minimize generation costs and maximize profits.

July 25 , 2017 Read More

Security Best Practices for Small Organizations

With the vast number of threats to your cybersecurity out there, there’s always a new security practice to enact. This can be incredibly overwhelming, especially for smaller organizations that lack resources or security focused staff. Here are OATI’s Top Seven Security Best Practices for entities in the energy industry.

July 17 , 2017 Read More

Meeting the Obligation to Serve in Era of Rising Temperatures

As utilities prepare for summer, and the subsequent rising temperature, it is important that both bulk power and distribution system operators have the advanced technologies that give them the ability to forecast, perform advanced demand response management, and more, to make sure they can meet their service obligations to customers. 

July 11 , 2017 Read More

Transmission Management in an Evolving Electricity Ecosystem

Whether it is managing congestion, taking advantage of competitive power prices, or navigating scheduling power around outages or unusable lines, it is increasingly apparent that a changing transmission landscape demands sophisticated management and pricing tools.

June 26 , 2017 Read More

Master Compliance RSAW Reporting in Six Simple Steps

Mastering compliance tracking is no easy feat. To help, NERC has developed a series of Reliability Standard Audit Worksheets (RSAW) to manage and track the process. Here are six key steps to help you master compliance tracking using the RSAWs.
 

June 21 , 2017 Read More

Association of Large Distribution Cooperatives Tour Recap

Seeing a fully operational microgrid, like the OATI Microgrid Technology Center, helps utility leaders like the Association of Large Distribution Cooperatives recognize that these new technologies are viable and delivering demonstrable economic and reliability benefits.
 

June 8 , 2017 Read More

OATI Security Star: Manifesto

Building an effective program to protect critical solutions takes more than the review and implementation of published best practices. Learn more about our approach as defined by OATI Security Star.

June 7 , 2017 Read More

Our Top Four Pieces of Microgrid Optimization Content

Whether you're considering an investment in a microgrid or just want to see what’s new in the microgrid optimization software world, today we’re sharing our top four pieces of content.

May 17 , 2017 Read More

Centralized Demand Response Management Systems and Data Privacy

When it comes to harnessing DR from their Distribution Member Cooperatives, G&Ts have an interest in protecting the privacy of the Personally Identifiable Information of their member co-op end consumers. OATI shares information on data privacy and centralized demand response management systems.

April 25 , 2017 Read More

Earth Day is our Everyday

For Earth Day, we want to show how OATI is dedicated to making the world a better place. This means transforming the energy industry with more innovative, reliable, and green solutions. Here is a list of the top three initiatives we are investing in for the future of our business and the planet.

April 20 , 2017 Read More

Top 4 Outage Management System Headaches and How to Solve Them

Outage coordinators need the support of a sophisticated Outage Management System to ensure that lines of communication stay open and that any potential risks don’t go unnoticed. Today we’re sharing the four major system headaches almost every outage coordinator faces, along with some practical solutions.

April 18 , 2017 Read More

How Do You Migrate a Data Center?

OATI is migrating its Data Center to a new microgrid location in Bloomington, MN, to increase redundancy, efficiency, and reduce costs. Read all about the migration in our latest blog post.

April 7 , 2017 Read More

Our Top 5 Pieces of Content for Energy Trading Teams

Whether you're considering transitioning from multiple vendor solutions to a single vendor solution or just want to see what’s new in the commodity trading software world, today we’re sharing our top five pieces of content for energy trading teams.

March 29 , 2017 Read More

Minimizing Regulatory Compliance Costs Can Increase Pipeline Profitability

The increasing reliance on natural gas to produce electric power has created headaches for both industries and promoted major regulatory reforms from NAESB and FERC. Staying compliant with these new regulations will challenge pipeline operators and the systems they use to manage their operations in the coming years.

March 23 , 2017 Read More

Western EIM Delivers Major Benefits

As we head in to 2017, and start to see 2016 year-end reporting from major industry entities, it is clear to see that the western Energy Imbalance Market is delivering major benefits to its participants.
 

March 20 , 2017 Read More

Cooperatives Connect at TechAdvantage 2017

TechAdvantage’s annual conference is the place for cooperative utilities to network and experience the latest tools, technologies, and services that will help them to increase efficiency. This year, San Diego was host to over 300 exhibitors and 8,400 attendees looking for great content—and maybe some California sun.
 

March 10 , 2017 Read More

Seven Types of Risk Analysis Every Energy Trader Should Know

For most energy traders, thinking about risk is the very opposite of fun. We’re sharing seven types of risk analysis every trader needs to know to protect their portfolio from the downside of energy trading.
 

March 9 , 2017 Read More

Tips and Tricks for GADS Data Reporting

As you work towards completing data submittals, here are some tips and tricks to help you streamline the process:

February 20 , 2017 Read More

DERs, IoT, Data Analytics, and Microgrids Spark Conversations at DTECH 2017

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), Internet of Things (IoT)[...]

February 14 , 2017 Read More

Things to Look for at TechAdvantage 2017

TechAdvantage 2017 attendees will gather for four days of leading-edge strategies and best practices that will benefit their cooperatives well into the 21st century. If you are planning on attending, here are four things you cannot miss:

February 13 , 2017 Read More

Utilities and Microgrids: Friends or Foes?

As the need to deal with demand and supply intermittency expands, should utilities embrace microgrids as friends or foes?
 

February 6 , 2017 Read More

Part 3: Ensuring Adequate Generation Supply

Microgrids are small-scale power systems that, to a large degree, have the same challenges as utility systems when it comes to achieving their operational objectives through proper resource scheduling and dispatch control.

January 24 , 2017 Read More

Top Four Things to Watch for in the Mexico Electricity Market in 2017

Changes in the Mexico Electricity Market come with many opportunities and some challenges. We are highlighting the top[...]

January 18 , 2017 Read More

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

Energy Trading in 2017 – Are You Prepared?

An investment in advanced commodity and energy trading software that has built-in forecasting functionalities, a full suite of risk management features, and is responsive to regulatory changes will help ensure that utilities can not only survive, but thrive in 2017.

January 11 , 2017 Read More

Understanding the Alleged Russian Hacking of Vermont Utility

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the alleged Russian hack on Vermont utility Burlington Electric Department. OATI took this story very seriously and, in accordance with our security policies and procedures, immediately investigated the report to determine what, if any, action OATI must take. 

January 10 , 2017 Read More

Microgrid Technology Center Update

OATI’s Microgrid Technology Center is in the final stages of construction with commissioning beginning and finishing touches being applied to the building’s interior and exterior.
 

December 29 , 2016 Read More

A Year in Review: The OATI Microgrid Technology Center in 2016

The OATI Microgrid Technology Center underwent many changes in 2016 and is now in the final stages of commissioning.
 

December 23 , 2016 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

Advanced Microgrid Developments Continue to Grow the Global Microgrid Market

Growing microgrid development is an indicator of how entities and utilities across the globe are leveraging Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve resiliency, economics, and the environment. OATI’s Microgrid Technology Center integrates DERs and advanced microgrid control systems to better understand how Grid 3.0 can impact all u[...]

November 23 , 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

Energy Market Participants Need to Stress Test Their Market Exposures

Current technology trends make it possible for next generation energy trading software systems to be powered by user-friendly solutions for effective stress testing programs. Learn more in today’s blog post:

November 21 , 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 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 assets employed, a[...]

November 14 , 2016 Read More

OATI GridSafe Process Improves Security of IoT for the Grid of Tomorrow

The new OATI GridSafe patent has introduced a new way to swiftly and securely connect grid edge IoT devices and end points.
 

November 1 , 2016 Read More

How Microgrids Can Improve Grid Security

OATI’s David Heim, Chief Strategy Officer and Microgrid Business Development, and Jerrod Montoya, Security and Compliance Counsel, discuss how microgrids can improve grid security in our latest blog post:

October 31 , 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

How Will Microgrids Fit in the Smart Cities Picture?

OATI shares why microgrids will play a critical part in the development of smart cities.  

October 10 , 2016 Read More

Introducing the OATI Microgrid Technology Center

The OATI Microgrid Technology Center, also known as “OATI South Campus”, is nearing completion, with external and internal finishes nearly complete and commissioning already underway.

October 6 , 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

Microgrid Takeaways from 2016 IEEE ISGT

OATI is the leader in leveraging microgrid optimization to improve resiliency, reliability, and efficiency. OATI microgrid SME, Ebrahim Vaahedi, shared with participants how microgrid technology could benefit end users, utilities, and the energy industry.

September 29 , 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

Key Components of California Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Greenhouse Gas compliance is integral to the energy business in California, but for many aspiring EIM Market Participants navigating these regulations can seem daunting. To get you started, here are some of the key components of these regulations.

September 7 , 2016 Read More

Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Cloud Solutions

Many companies are turning to cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to manage everything from ETRM/CTRM to CVR. While these solutions afford many benefits, they can also expose your organization to increased security risks without proper execution. Here are some things to consider before purchasing:

August 29 , 2016 Read More

Commodity Technology Advisory Survey Summary

CTRM systems represent a significant investment for any organization, which is why Commodity Technology Advisory recently conducted a survey of a number of their clients to gather end-users perceptions of CTRM vendors and products. Read our thoughts on OATI’s rankings:

August 24 , 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

OATI’s State-of-the-Art Microgrid Technology Center Empowered with Grid Modernization Tools

OATI’s Microgrid Technology Center will showcase what Advanced Microgrids and Smart Grid solutions can achieve—such as the ability to seamlessly transition from the power grid to island mode without interrupting building occupancy.
 

August 9 , 2016 Read More

How Has Mexico Energy Reform Changed the Market?

In only three years, Mexico Energy Reform has fundamentally changed the Mexican electricity industry and the newly formed Mercado Eléctrico Mayorista is already bearing fruits. While Mexico Energy Reform is impacting many aspects of the market, changes can be seen most prominently in the following areas.

August 2 , 2016 Read More

Navigating Western-EIM Standard Operating Procedures

Those looking to participate in the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) must master its Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to navigate the market successfully. Here’s why:

July 22 , 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

Top 5 Things to Consider When Evaluating an Outage Management System

Looking to upgrade your Outage Management System? Here are the top five things utilities should consider when evaluating an OMS.

June 21 , 2016 Read More

Single Vendor Value Overview

Entities using software solutions from multiple vendors to manage Energy and Commodity Trading and Risk Management (ETRM/CTRM) face several challenges. Learn how to easily mitigate or eliminate these challenges by streamlining business operations with a single vendor system.

June 16 , 2016 Read More

Part 3: Ensuring Adequate Generation Supply

Microgrids are small-scale power systems that, to a large degree, have the same challenges as utility systems when it comes to achieving their operational objectives through proper resource scheduling and dispatch control.

January 24 , 2017 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

OATI Attends NY’s Microgrid Knowledge Conference

OATI sponsored and exhibited at the Microgrid Knowledge Conference on May 19, 2016, in NYC. The conference brought together industry leaders in the $40 million New York Prize to share the financial, regulatory, and technical lessons learned from developing and implementing microgrids.

May 24 , 2016 Read More

The Ins and Outs of Managing Financial Risks for Electric Utility Market Participants

The ultimate goal of any utility is to reliably offer its customers the lowest, or most competitive, electricity rates, but achieving this goal can be a challenge. Future management and/or mitigation of financial risk will require creative use of available hedging tools to achieve low rates for utility customers.

May 23 , 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. 

May 17 , 2016 Read More

How Energy Reform Is Impacting Mexico’s Gas-Power Industry

Mexico’s Energy Reform gives providers the opportunity to expand and grow their business by participating in the newly formed Mexico Energy Market. Sheldan Perry, Manager of Gas Systems at OATI, provides insight on what this will mean for the future of the Mexico gas market. 

May 5 , 2016 Read More

Six Challenges to Prepare for When Navigating the Mexico Energy Market

As energy reform in Mexico shifts the market from public to private, providers will have an opportunity to expand and grow their business. While the shift from a public to private market is exciting, it isn’t without its obstacles. Make sure you are prepared to tackle these six challenges.

May 3 , 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

The Twin Cities and Microgrids

OATI’s leading innovations in microgrid and smart grid technology are sparking new and exciting developments in the Twin Cities. OATI is developing microgrids that fully utilize renewable resources like solar, wind, natural gas, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy.

February 2 , 2016 Read More

South Campus’ Impact on OATI’s Future and Growth

OATI is committed to investing in technology that will evolve the energy industry. OATI’s new Microgrid Technology Center is a world-class building that leverages today’s energy innovations and combines with OATI’s advance microgrid optimization software solution to create the future of secure, resilient, and reliable infrast[...]

January 26 , 2016 Read More

What Does It Mean to Build a Microgrid from the Ground Up?

When planning to build a microgrid, entities should consider whether reliability, economic, or environmental concerns are most important to them, and build their development model around that. OATI’s South Campus microgrid is being built to ensure reliability.

January 14 , 2016 Read More

Thought Leader in Commercially Viable Microgrids

OATI has been the leader in providing solutions for the energy industry for more than twenty years. Recently, Microgrids have been disrupting the energy industry and OATI is at the forefront of providing energy entities the tools they need to leverage these assets.

October 15 , 2015 Read More

Why Is OATI Building a Microgrid?

Microgrids are the wave of the future, and OATI is building a microgrid to stay at the forefront of this new technology. The new data center will be capable of supplying its own power in the event of an outage.

April 9 , 2015 Read More