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.
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).
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!
Grid Subject Matter Experts is pleased to welcome Olu Fagbemiro and Linh Tu to the engineering team. Both Olu and Linh have had great careers at Burns and McDonnell marketing, managing and executing transmission planning, generator and load interconnection, distribution planning, NERC Compliance and various power system studies. With their extensive backgrounds in power system consulting, Linh and Olu have developed a client-focused approach to delivering projects that exceed client expectations.
Olu and Linh will join Kevin Feusi and Nan Liu in expanding GridSME’s engineering team. This highly experienced engineering group is capable of managing sizable projects, assisting with client staff, and performing studies for transmission, generation and distribution projects.
Please join us in welcoming both Olu and Linh to the GridSME team!
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!
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!
Grid Subject Matter Experts is pleased to announce the addition of Nan Liu to the team, he will be serving as the Director of Market Services. Nan has had a great career in the industry and has recently joined our team after being part of the California ISO for nearly 14 years. Nan is an engineer and has served in roles in Operations, Planning, and most recently as Manager of Market Analysis and Development at CAISO. He joins Kevin Feusi on our growing engineering team and will head up much of our wholesale market consulting in the fast changing western landscape. Please see the attached announcement. We’re very proud that Nan chose to help us round out our expertise in CAISO market products as well as give our engineering group a needed hand.
Grid Subject Matter Experts is pleased to welcome its newest addition, Terry Brinker, as the Director of Operational Reliability Services. Terry will lead the enhancement of regulatory compliance of power system clients. Terry has had an impactful career in the electricity industry, most recently serving as Sr. Manager of Standards Information & Personnel Certification at the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC). Terry brings a wealth of experience in the areas of Operations, Markets, Regulatory, Compliance Investigations, Registrations, and Certifications. Terry’s full announcement is attached below.
Any solar facility that is greater than 75 MVA and connected to the Bulk Electric System is typically in scope for the new version of CIP requirements (formally known as CIP Version 5, and now Version 6). Generator Owners and Generator Operators will be required to have some basic CIP standards applied on or before April 1, 2017, and while they may be limited, these requirements are new to most and will require understanding and work to implement.
GridSME offers a NERC Low Impact Program, which has been vetted in a pilot project in the WECC area and has received positive comments from the WECC audit team. We also offer complementary services, such as cyber and physical risk assessments, and validation of in-scope facilities.
Read more about our NERC Low Impact Program.
Grid Subject Matter Experts is pleased to welcome its newest addition, Jason Murray, as the Managing Director of Canadian Operations. Jason will lead the development and management of GridSME’s business expansion into Canada. Jason has spent his entire career in the electricity industry in Canada most recently serving as Director, Operations Services at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Jason brings breadth of experience in the technical areas of Operations, Markets, Regulatory, Compliance, Trading, and Customer Service complemented by his strong business acumen with an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
At GridSME, Jason will lead our efforts to provide services for all of our Canadian based clients. He will have full access to technical resource staff to ensure our Canadian clients receive the same level of expertise, service, and support that our long-term US clients have come to expect.