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GridSME Welcomes Mark Rabuano as Director of Regulatory Compliance
October 12, 2018

GridSME Welcomes Mark Rabuano as Director of Regulatory Compliance

Grid Subject Matter Experts is excited to announce its new addition to the team, Mark Rabuano, as the Director of Regulatory Compliance. Mark has a strong legal background and substantial experience in energy regulation and compliance for public utilities and independent power producers. By joining GridSME, Mark will assist our GO/GOP clients by maintaining programs that mitigate and manage the risk of potential NERC compliance violations.

Prior to joining GridSME, Mark worked for the NAES Corporation from 2016 to 2018 as the Manager of NERC Services, where he directed management and oversight of 70+ NERC GO/GOP compliance programs, including implementation of procedures and internal controls necessary to maintain NERC compliance. Mark also worked at PacifiCorp from 2010 to 2016 in various roles including Senior Counsel of Pacific Power.

Mark graduated from UCLA Anderson School of Management with a Master’s in Business Administration, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Juris Doctor, and Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Communication.

Mark currently resides in Redmond, Washington and will telecommute with frequent visits to the GridSME office.

Welcome Mark!

GridSME to feature at PV O&M USA 2017
October 9, 2017

GridSME to feature at PV O&M USA 2017

We’re excited to announce that GridSME team members Matt Barnes and John Franzino will be joining the likes of EDF, 8minutenergy, PG&E, Nautilus Solar, RES, Lendlease, MidAmerican, and many more at PV O&M USA 2017.

Matt will be exploring the business case and revenue streams for solar+storage projects with a panel of industry experts.

John will be explaining how to leverage available data to drive cyber security decision making for PV facility operations.

More information on the event, agenda, speakers, and attendees can be found here.

If you are interested in attending the 4th Annual PV O&M USA 2017 conference & exhibition this Nov 2-3 in San Jose CA, GridSME has a $200 discount code (GRIDSME200) for affiliates to utilize. To register at this rate, members need only quote the code when they register online or message Kerr Jeferies directly at kerr@newenergyupdate.com ahead of Oct 27 to secure this discount before the early bird rates also expire.

Curtailment Mitigation Strategies
June 14, 2017

Curtailment Mitigation Strategies

Curtailments and energy imbalances can be costly for any generator, whether you are a new market entrant, such as solar PV, or an industry veteran, such as hydro. Generators used to be able to set it and forget it when it comes to scheduling and operations. There may have been a rare occurrence when the CAISO instructed your generator to curtail through an exceptional dispatch. And the occasional forced outage was inevitable, but nothing to fret over. However, more recently, generators are experiencing frequent instances of curtailment, and greater imbalance uncertainty due to the more intermittent profile of the generation fleet and higher market price volatility.

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GridSME Works to Enhance the Energy Storage Movement
June 6, 2017

GridSME Works to Enhance the Energy Storage Movement

GridSME is excited to work with many of the industry’s leading developers in the emerging energy storage space. Our team collaborates with clients on detailed analyses of standalone storage installations and combined “generation + storage” projects.

From a feasibility analysis perspective, GridSME evaluates the technical characteristics of an existing generation facility or proposed new facility to determine the optimal configuration and operation of integrating an energy storage resource. Additionally, GridSME evaluates the economic considerations and constraints associated with the facility, such as the PPA terms, interconnection requirements, and go-to-market considerations. We emphasize the need for developers to be cognizant of the technical and economic aspects of integrating energy storage with existing or new generation facilities (e.g., Solar/Wind + Storage).

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GridSME Welcomes Gary Brown, Principal Consultant, Grid Interconnections
May 4, 2017

GridSME Welcomes Gary Brown, Principal Consultant, Grid Interconnections

Grid Subject Matter Experts is excited to announce its new addition to the team, Gary Brown, as a Principal Consultant specializing in Grid Interconnections. Gary has had a prosperous career, with over thirty-five years as a consulting engineer and project manager, coming from a variety of engineering firms, as well as the California Independent System Operator. He has held various engineering management responsibilities in the design and implementation of plant power and automation systems, renewable energy development, SCADA, security, and energy management for utilities, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities.

At GridSME, Gary provides his expertise in areas of engineering, regulatory and contract support for new and existing generation resources and developers. He assists with consultation and engineering support for site assessments, interconnection requests and applications, review of system impact and facilities studies, as well as negotiation support for Generation Interconnection Agreements (GIAs), Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s), and various ISO’s and RTO’s Interconnection processes.

Please join us in welcoming Gary to our team!

You can view Gary’s full announcement here.

GridSME Welcomes Trinh Ngo, Senior Business Analyst
March 16, 2017

GridSME Welcomes Trinh Ngo, Senior Business Analyst

Trinh Ngo

Grid Subject Matter Experts is excited to announce its newest addition, Trinh Ngo, as a Senior Business Analyst. Trinh has 18+ years working in the Electric Industry, primarily at the California ISO in IT and client solutions. Her specific area of focus has been in development of business solutions in a very complex environment for internal and external clients of CAISO’s IT systems. Her experience includes business analytics, efficiencies in access controls (both cyber and physical), IT processes, business processes, application acceptance development, change management, and training. Trinh has also been involved in NERC CIP compliance both as a process owner for access controls as well as assisting other internal clients in their CIP obligations.

At GridSME, Trinh utilizes her vast experience in assisting clients in technology and compliance such as access controls, management of complex systems, assisting in architectures and process procedures and all types of compliance protocols. Trinh is also leading an effort to help clients gain and maintain access into CAISO’s many systems.

Please join us in welcoming Trinh to the GridSME team!

You can view Trinh’s full announcement here.

GridSME to Sponsor Solar Asset Management Conference
February 14, 2017

GridSME to Sponsor Solar Asset Management Conference

GridSME is sponsoring the 4th annual edition of Solarplaza’s Solar Asset Management North America, the leading conference dedicated to the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios.

Join us on March 28th and 29th, 2017 in San Francisco together with more than 50+ leading experts and 500+ attendees representing the entire solar value chain: http://www.solarassetmanagement.us/

If you’re interested in attending, contact us for an entry fee discount code!

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