New DERMS Partnership Helps Utilities Use Residential Batteries as Virtual Power Plants

This week Autogrid announced that it entered into a partnership with Swell Energy to provide software for managing Swell’s growing fleet of distributed energy resources (DER).

Los Angeles-based Swell has a pipeline of over 35 MWh of residential energy storage projects in California, which it is assembling into a virtual power plant to deliver grid services.

AutoGrid’s distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) will allow Swell to control not only its 2500 behind-the-meter home batteries installed across California, but also connected digital devices, such as smart thermostats, and to lower electricity demand through voluntary customer efforts — so-called behavioral demand-response (DR) programs.

 The cloud-based platform allows Swell to work with energy providers to enroll customers, manage DR programs, dispatch DR events and measure and verify curtailment performance from a single, unified system.

“A number of utilities are concerned about the impact of customer-sited distributed generation on their operations,” said Dr. Amit Narayan, AutoGrid chief executive officer. “Working with Swell, utilities can turn these resources into grid assets, not only reducing carbon emissions but also improving resiliency for all customers.”

Swell is working with Southern California Edison (SCE) as one of the winners of its Preferred Resources Pilot.

Note: Need to learn about solutions for utilities working to incorporate DER on their grids? Be sure to attend DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans, February 5-7.

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