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National Grid has chosen to implement Autogrid Flex to unify management of its DR and distributed energy resource programmes across its service area in the US.The programmes are expected to enroll over 400 megawatts (MW) of DR and other DERs over a 3-year timeframe. These programmes will deliver significant cost savings to participating businesses while helping National Grid reduce operational expenses and investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure, which will lower costs for all National Grid customers.

According to a release, National Grid plans to implement five programs in the first year of operation across its entire service territory. These include the New York Emergency DR Programme (EDRP), the New York Distribution Load Relief Programme (DLRP), the New York Commercial System Relief Programme (CSRP), the Massachusetts Connected Solutions Programme, and the Rhode Island Connected Solutions Programme. Eligible commercial and industrial customers can enroll in the programme through vendors such as EnerNOC, CPower, NRG, IP Keys, and Direct Energy.

Unified platform

National Grid will use AutoGrid Flex to unify management of these programmes across all customers through a single dashboard, using it for event dispatch, measurement and verification, and reporting for all customers. In addition, the aggregators participating in the programme will be able to manage their participation through the company's multi-tenant customer engagement application. In subsequent years, National Grid may expand the use of AutoGrid Flex for other non-wires alternative initiatives.

These include innovative new programmes that optimize customer-sited energy storage systems, solar power systems, EV chargers, industrial control equipment, and other DERs, providing National Grid with yet another source of flexible capacity to balance supply and demand on the grid.

“[The solution] will help us deliver innovative flexibility management programmes to our business customers, enabling them to reduce their energy costs and meet their sustainability goals,” said Carlos Nouel, vice president of New Energy Solutions, National Grid. “We look forward to leveraging AutoGrid Flex’s powerful optimization capabilities to improve the reliability of our operations and to support initiatives that not only deliver savings to our customers but reimagine how we engage with our customers.”