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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 to provide services to the Western Interstate Energy Board
August 6, 2013

GridSME to provide services to the Western Interstate Energy Board

GridSME is proud to announce the addition of the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) as a GridSME client. WIEB is an organization of 12 western states and three western Canadian provinces, which are associate members of the Board. WIEB serves as the energy arm or energy affiliate of the Western Governors’ Association but is structurally independent. WIEB is also very closely tied to the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) which advises the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) on policy and budget issues.

GridSME is providing consulting services to WIEB regarding operational best practices and the reliability of the Western Interconnection.

GridSME to prepare study for Lawrence Berkeley National Labaratory/DOE
January 23, 2013

GridSME to prepare study for Lawrence Berkeley National Labaratory/DOE


The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has reached out to GridSME to prepare a study that looks at the current state of grid control processes and technologies and will suggest how to improve electric grid control systems to maintain or increase reliability and advance the integration of new technologies particularly in the West.

GridSME is thrilled to partner with LBNL and looks forward to digging deeper into these issues. This project represents another demonstration of how GridSME is fulfilling its mission of Facilitating Change in Our Industry.


Numerous studies and reports have been generated which try to define best practices in both technologies and processes. That the Western Interconnection needs to make more widespread use of these new and existing technologies and practices is well known. Since the August 14, 2003 Northeast blackout, there have been numerous studies, surveys, and research into the causes of grid instability, separation, and cascading outages and proposed fixes to those problems. Technological changes, like the addition of large amounts of renewable energy require entities to better adapt to variable generation and increase transmission flexibility. As the San Diego outage on September 8, 2011 indicated, even with all the information on benefits, reliability improvements, standards and best practices, there still are gaps in adoption of these systems and practices with utilities in the Western Interconnection. To allow the current western grid infrastructure to be used more effectively, reliably, and flexibly, entities need to redouble their efforts relating to these initiatives.

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