October 26, 2011 - Calico Energy Services, the market leader in interoperable energy management solutions and analytics, announced today that it has pioneered the industry’s first Unified Operations Center for utilities and power providers. According to customers and leading Industry Analysts, this solution establishes a new segment in the energy management software industry.
“Everywhere I go, I hear utilities talking about the difficulties of managing multiple standalone applications and of ‘wiring’ those applications together effectively,” said Jesse Berst, Founder and Chief Analyst, Smart Grid News. “Calico's approach not only enables utilities to tie all types of applications and information into one unified operations center – but it also provides centralized reporting and control. While isolated capabilities of this solution have previously been available in other products, the combination of these elements in one holistic platform clearly defines a new and promising market segment."
A Unified Operations Center performs all three critical functions of energy management in one combined solution: mining and unifying all types of energy information; providing powerful insights and real-time decision making from analysis of that information; and enabling centralized control of targeted energy resources and grid assets.
“For some time now, our utility customers have been telling us that they need a centralized approach to effectively understand and manage energy use throughout their distribution infrastructure,” said Brian Dawson, CEO of Calico Energy. “We are proud to offer the latest version of our Energy Intelligence Suite, a proven solution that enables enterprise-wide insight, centralized control, and flexibility in a single Unified Operations Center. Our solution provides the most insight, control, flexibility, and impact of any solution on the market today.”
Calico’s platform, Energy Intelligence Suite™ (EIS), helps utilities to streamline operations, reduce costs, and identify new revenue opportunities by providing a centralized control center that connects to all data, devices, engines and applications.
What’s New in Energy Intelligence Suite™ (EIS)?
Enhanced Reporting, Dashboarding and Analytics Platform
EIS Insight™, a new module in EIS, utilizes the unique integration capabilities provided by Calico’s Enterprise Service Bus to mine information from a broad range of data sources, devices, and applications throughout an energy ecosystem. This includes legacy data from existing utility systems, such as customer information systems, SCADA, weather, billing, AMI, and MDM. EIS Insight provides an interactive visual display that allows utility staff across operational groups to layer and compare diverse data sets in a configurable dashboard. As a result, utilities can discover new opportunities to optimize energy, reduce costs, and quantify the impact of energy management programs. This component augments the existing reporting functionality previously available in EIS.
With Calico’s solution, power providers can explore "what if" scenarios and adjust variables incrementally to identify new opportunities for optimizing energy throughout their distribution infrastructure. Based on these insights, Operators can then implement a broad range of demand side management (DSM) strategies and operational improvements with Calico’s OpCenter™ module and rapid, two-way device communication.
Designed for speed to enable dynamic energy management
Rather than cueing up a report and having to wait hours for it to process, EIS Insight provides Operators the ability to view data from devices, engines, and applications in near real time. In addition, predictive analytics add the capacity to model programs, management strategies, and reports in a matter of minutes. Program Managers can quickly and easily integrate virtually any salient data into their analysis – including weather, real-time pricing feeds, loads, remote generation, mapping data, baselines, grid infrastructure, and demographics. As a result, utilities are able to fully understand consumption and identify the need for upcoming load management events.
Rate and Pricing Engine
In addition, OpCenter includes an adaptive rate and pricing engine that allows utilities to rapidly create, model, and implement new rates. For utilities that are currently utilizing a single fixed rate, this engine provides the ability to identify new and improved rate models – and to better justify rates to Utility Commissions. Program Managers can then optimize each rate by leveraging a detailed understanding of usage and generation patterns.
Improved User Interface
Calico’s new user interface in its OpCenter™ head-end DSM module makes it easier for utility personnel across any business unit to optimize energy use and engage customers. It provides an intuitive DSM Program Creation wizard that allows Program Managers to rapidly create, test, and fine-tune a broad variety of programs – bringing utilities one step closer to dynamic energy management.
Support for Electric, Gas and Water Data in a Single User Interface
Administration time is significantly reduced when operators can view electric, gas and water information in one centralized location. Since an estimated 20 percent of all electricity is used for water, optimizing when it is moved can have a dramatic impact on peak loads. EIS provides utilities and their customers with a single view of usage and cost for all three resources – improving customer satisfaction and helping to identify substantial conservation opportunities.
To learn more about how EIS is helping utilities overcome their smart grid challenges, visit www.calicoenergy.com