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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

Power the Future Series: Holly Nicolai

Holly Nicolai, Associate Manager of Administrative Support at OATI, shares how she’s helping our customers to power the future of the industry.
 

March 15 , 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

Power the Future Series: Tony Windschitl

Tony Windschitl, Manager of Customer Service at OATI shares how he is helping our customers to power the future of the industry.

February 22 , 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

Power the Future Series: Dirk Altenhoff

Dirk Altenhoff, Senior Director of Technical Services and Support at OATI shares how he’s helping our customers to power the future of the energy industry.

January 26 , 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

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

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, 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

How Microgrids Can Improve Grid Security

OATI’s Terry Mohn, Executive Consultant of 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

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

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

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 CAISO-EIM Standard Operating Procedures

Those looking to participate in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) 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

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. 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

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