Western Australia’s Horizon Power Embarks on DERMS Project To Manage PV & Batteries

Last week, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC a subsidiary of Sempra Energy and Mitsui & Co. Ltd., announced that Horizon Power would be installing the company’s Active Control Technology (ACT) as the distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) in Western Australia.

PXiSE’s DERMS will provide Horizon Power with continuous, high-resolution visibility into the operations of the solar panels, batteries and generators in its approximately 888,000-square-mile service area. The platform will automatically respond to conditions on the grid by discharging power stored in batteries to correct any real-time disturbances and ensure a smooth, two-way flow of electricity across its systems.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“With increasing customer demand for behind the meter energy resources, we will need innovative technology to enable us to efficiently manage the resources while maintaining our highest safety and reliability standards,” said Terry Mohn, general manager of Advanced Microgrid Developments for Horizon Power.

The deployment of PXiSE DERMS solution will enable Horizon Power to manage and orchestrate various DERs and further transition to a higher percentage of renewable resources.

The PXiSE Active Control Technology platform runs on a standard Microsoft Windows platform and uses an imbedded OSIsoft software and synchro-phasor data to enhance, analyze and respond to grid data from numerous power resources.

The continuous higher-resolution visibility and artificial intelligence balances a mix of renewable energy, storage and traditional generation on the electrical grid, according to the company.

The PXiSE software application currently controls DERs at renewables projects, including Auwahi Wind in Hawaii and in microgrids at Sempra Energy’s headquarters in San Diego and a winery in Sonoma County, California.


OSIsoft is exhibiting at the upcoming DistribuTECH, which takes place in New Orleans, LA from February 4-6, 2019. DER Management and Control is just one of the many topics that will be discussed during the event.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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