What Does Energy Storage Success Look Like?

Completed in December 2003, Golden Valley Electric Association's (GVEA) Battery Energy Storage System was an initiative to improve their member's reliability of service. The primary benefits that the BESS achieved was to instantly contribute to system stability following a loss of a major transmission line or generator, and also provide spinning reserves to allow generation units to run at optimized levels - resulting in significant savings. GVEA will take you behind the scenes to let you in on their lessons learned, how they built their business case, share what it takes to maintain their system, and reveal where this pioneering company is going next.

The Results Are In: The State of the Utility Customer Experience

Amazon. Netflix. Lyft. These are the companies that today’s utility customers are benchmarking their experience against. And while most utilities realize the importance of meeting their customers’ growing expectations, how much progress have they actually made in creating a modern customer experience? Join Seth Kiner, former VP of Programs and Services at Southern California Edison, and Fei Wang, Senior Grid Edge Analyst at Greentech Media Research, for a webinar discussion on the results of a new survey assessing the current state of the utility customer experience, and what utilities can do today to improve their own maturity.

Grid Edge

Unlocking Distribution Value Streams: The Role of Integrated Planning

Integrated distribution planning represents a fundamental change to the traditional approach that utilities have taken to plan their distribution systems. It involves developing new capabilities and processes to inform the continued integration of DER on the grid and requires enabling mechanisms to capture and quantify the benefit of these resources to the system. The ways in which utilities can use these enhanced system capabilities to achieve strategic objectives will fundamentally depend on a clear articulation of use cases that link technology deployment to value creation. Integrated distribution planning provides that link and enables utilities to prioritize foundational investments on their distribution systems in order to leverage DER assets to maximize the overall system value it provides to its customers.


Using String Optimizers to Repower Existing PV Systems and Enable Low-Cost Inverter Upgrades

Globally, over 300 GW of large-scale PV solar power plants have been installed since 2008 - with over 40 GW in the U.S. alone. The performance of these power plants naturally decreases over time as PV modules degrade and as inverters reach their end-of- life and fail. As a result, some systems become a liability while others perform within contractual obligations, though still not at full potential. Consequently, system owners and operators often look for inexpensive ways to repower their existing and aging systems.

Grid Edge

PJM: State of the Market

This webinar, led by Dann Price, CPower Executive Director of Market Development for PJM, will give participants a wide-ranging, detailed overview of demand response and demand management programs from PJM Interconnection.


Designing for Maximum Energy Production with Solar Trackers

Across the United States, Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contracts are being signed at increasingly lower rates, making it challenging for solar asset owners to maintain a viable return on investment. This has increased the need for developers and owners to fully maximize energy production from photovoltaic (PV) panel systems to meet these competitive PPA targets.


U.S. Solar Outlook under Section 201: What Happens Next?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is set to vote on recommended safeguards for U.S. domestic solar manufacturing on October 31. Join GTM Research’s analyst team as they dissect the USITC’s vote and provide their immediate reactions to what the future of US solar under recommended remedies might hold.

Grid Edge

Virtual Power Plants & the Road to DERMS: It’s a Distributed Energy World

Distributed energy resources (DERs) give us the opportunity to build a clear, more nimble and responsive grid and to make sure the grid maintains a constant state of reliable balance. But those resources need to orchestrated so that they are optimally aggregated, optimized and controlled for the grid services that are needed – precisely when and where they are needed.


System Design Using Virtual Central Inverters: How Systems Benefit from Central & String Inverters

Until recently, utility-scale solar power systems have been designed with the largest capacity central inverters available. With the introduction of string inverters, systems with capacities in the range of 1MW to 10MW have been successfully designed and installed using three-phase, 1000VDC string inverters with capacities in the 30kW to 60kW range.


Reducing Costs in an Increasingly Competitive Commercial PV Landscape

As the commercial PV market continues to experience significant growth year-over-year, increased competition necessitates constant cost reductions and challenges integrators who must find ways to build and maintain margins. The solution is a wholistic approach to cost reduction which addresses factors affecting both CAPEX and OPEX.


The Future of Utility Scale Solar O&M

Is your power plant optimized for the industry’s growing O&M demand? In the last three years over 19 GW of utility-scale solar PV have been installed in the United States, which has resulted in an increasing concern among project developers to focus on the operations and maintenance (O&M) of their plants. Is your plant ready for the future of O&M? This webinar will discuss the future of utility scale solar on maximizing the overall plant performance, availability, data and reporting.