The Portland General Electric (PGE) selected smart grid solutions firm Open Access Technology International (OATI) to simplify participation in a regional energy market.In a combined statement, the US power company said it will integrate OATI’s solution to leverage its participation in the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).

The CAISO EIM is a regional energy interconnection designed to support increased integration of renewable energy sources onto grids to lower carbon emissions.

The market system automatically supplies the lowest-cost power from utilities' grids to areas where demand is high to ensure the continuous generation of power mainly from renewable energy sources.

Oregon-based PGE will use OATI’s webEIM technology to automate and simplify power calculation.

The solutions provider claims that its solution will help the utility to understand its position in CAISO EIM market through the provision of comprehensive grid data interfaces.

[quote] The integration of the system in PGE’s network is expected to be completed by October 2017. [US utility enhances demand response with OATI solution].

Sasan Mokhtari, CEO of OATI, said the solution will “provide seamless integration and operational optimization that will enable PGE to be a full participant in the CAISO EIM.”

Integration of renewable power sources

And in early June, the California ISO received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deploy a smart energy project aiming to increase the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) with the electric grid.

The grid system operator will help individual energy resources too small to participate in the wholesale market by grouping them together to meet the market's 0.5MW capacity generation requirements.

Steve Berberich, CEO of ISO, commented: "This is a step toward the re-design of the power grid.

"We are seeing a shift from a one-way centralized system to a two-way decentralised system. This will open new market opportunities for distributed energy resource products and services, which will be instrumental to grid reliability in an emerging era of renewable power," added Berberich. [OATI and EnSync partner on utility solution for DERMS].

The programme falls under multiple initiatives by various firms to increase the adoption of distributed energy resources to reduce carbon emissions at the same time ensuring grid reliability in California.

The ISO had submitted the proposal to deploy the programme in early March. Moreover, the ISO is required to hand over a report on the implementation efforts in six months and an annual performance review for the next three years.

 

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