US-based company Innovari, an interactive energy platform developer, has this week announced a demand side management project with Uruguay’s government-owned power company UTE for improved system utilization and reliability.
Innovari’s energy platform claims to improve UTE’s load curve agility while the customer will benefit from increased visibility and control over their energy consumption. The primary function seeks to address load duration curve in the creation of a more responsive and demand sensitive grid.
Commenting on the project, Manuel Arancibia, president of Innovari Latin America, said: “With a better understanding of how its commercial customers use energy, UTE will be able to customize programs to fit its unique operating needs.”
Innovari’s energy platform is used by one of UTE’s customers; one of the largest holiday resorts within the power company’s service territory. Deployment of its interactive platform is intended to support UTE automated demand-side management programmes.
Luis Margenat, commercial manager at UTE, said: “In working with Innovari, we will be able to better serve our commercial customers, making it easier for them to improve building performance, integrate renewables and meet corporate reliability, efficiency and sustainability goals.
“Having Innovari’s expertise and platform is all-around beneficial with demand for electricity increasing and the industrial sector growing.
“We need to be able to provide utilities and commercial customers with the ability to partner in creating a truly optimized power grid for all customers while realizing significant savings and improved electrical performance at the same time.”
Demand response best practices
Meanwhile, an evaluation of utility customer engagement DR programs done by Florida based, Smart Grid Research Consortium (SGRC) has revealed that utilities with customer engagement demand response (DR) strategies that are supported with analysis of individual programs are much more likely to achieve customer engagement targets and realize utility and customer benefits
SGRC says its evaluation of utility customer engagement DR programs has identified new technologies and opportunities for utilities with both advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and older automated meter reading (AMR) and electromechanical metering systems.
The consortium said this information can be applied to develop a customer engagement DR roadmap applicable to all utilities.
The report – ‘Developing a Timely, Cost-Effective Customer Engagement Demand Response Strategy: A Roadmap for Utilities with AMI and Older AMR/Electromechanical Metering Systems’ suggests a four-step approach to DR.
Dr Jerry Jackson, study author and leader of the SGRC, said: “Many customer engagement programs can significantly boost returns by revisiting objectives and revising technology and program choices to more effectively match top down requirements and bottom up capabilities.”