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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 is pleased to announce the Yuba County Water Agency as a new client
August 2, 2013

GridSME is pleased to announce the Yuba County Water Agency as a new client

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GridSME is excited to work with the Yuba County Water Agency providing 1. a mock audit of YCWA’s NERC/WECC compliance and 2. a control room design study.

Established in 1959 by an act of the State Legislature and headquartered in historic Marysville, California, Yuba County Water Agency is a public agency governed by a 7-member Board of Directors comprised of the five members of the Yuba County Board of Supervisors and two members elected at large. When bid in 1966, the $180 million Yuba River Development Project was the largest single non federal, non state construction contract of its kind. Today, YCWA owns and operates 4 dams with a storage capacity of roughly 1 million acre-feet of water and associated powerhouses capable of generating approximately 397 Mw of energy. Additionally, Bullards Bar Reservoir provides a multitude of recreational activities. The Agency delivers about 310,000 acre-feet of water to local irrigation districts annually. A leader in water transfers and fisheries restoration, YCWA is involved in many constructive efforts with local, state and federal agencies, and conservation groups.

The primary functions of the Agency are development and sale of hydroelectric power, flood control, fisheries enhancement, recreation, conservation and storage of water and wholesale of water to member districts.

GridSME to provide NERC/WECC Compliance Services to Nevada Irrigation District
August 2, 2013

GridSME to provide NERC/WECC Compliance Services to Nevada Irrigation District

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We are very pleased to announce that GridSME will provide the Nevada Irrigation District with NERC/WECC Compliance guidance and assistance. The Nevada Irrigation District represents one more California hydroelectric provider in GridSME’s growing portfolio of hydro clients along with Placer County Water Agency, Merced Irrigation District, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), Yuba County Water Agency, and Modesto Irrigation District.

Formed in 1921, The Nevada Irrigation District is headquartered in Grass Valley, California, a picturesque and historic California Gold Rush town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, 60 miles northeast of Sacramento.

NID is an independent special district operated by and for the people who own land within its 287,000-acre boundaries. NID provides service in an expansive geographic area that makes the district one of the largest in the State of California. NID has a generation capacity of 82.2 megawatts, produces an average 375 million kilowatt hours of energy each year, and sells its electrical output to the Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

GridSME is proud to announce Merced Irrigation District as our newest client
April 15, 2013

GridSME is proud to announce Merced Irrigation District as our newest client

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GridSME is proud to announce the addition of the Merced Irrigation District to our list of clients. GridSME will assist Merced’s NERC Compliance Program and provide guidance on CAISO market opportunities.

Merced Irrigation District owns, operates and maintains the New Exchequer and McSwain dams, reservoirs, and hydroelectric facilities. These are Merced Irrigation District’s primary water storage facilities on the Merced River. They are located in the foothills on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, approximately 23 miles northeast of Merced. The two dams and reservoirs are integral parts of the 1964 Merced River Development Project, and are licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). New Exchequer Reservoir (Lake McClure) has a storage capacity of 1,024,600 acre feet, while McSwain Reservoir (Lake McSwain) has a storage capacity of 9,730 acre feet. The New Exchequer Dam Project was completed in 1967 as a multi-purpose facility providing facilities and water for all beneficial uses, including domestic and irrigation water, flood control, hydroelectric power generation, recreation, and the environment.

Merced Irrigation District is authorized to act as an electric utility under the California Water Code. Merced Irrigation District has owned and operated hydroelectric generating facilities on the Merced River since 1927. In 1995, Merced Irrigation District exercised its authority to sell power to retail electric customers. Merced Irrigation District offers its customers full requirements electric service including power supply and delivery to the customer. Since 1996, Merced Irrigation District has connected over 7,500 customers to Merced Irrigation District’s electric system, hooking up an average of 60 meters per month.

Merced is currently registered as a Generator Owner, Generator Operator, Load Serving Entity, Transmission Owner, Resource Planner, and Transmission Planner in the WECC region. To read more about the Merced Irrigation District continue here.

Modesto Irrigation District taps GridSME for Assistance with its CIP Program
January 23, 2013

Modesto Irrigation District taps GridSME for Assistance with its CIP Program

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On December 26, 2012, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) entered into a contract with GridSME for assistance with its CIP Compliance Program.

GridSME is proud to have MID as a new client. The addition of MID reinforces GridSME’s position as leader in provding NERC/WECC compliance services to municipal power utilities along California’s Central Valley and Western slope as well as a leader in providing consulting services to hydroelectric power providers.

We look forward to this engagement with the Modesto Irrigation District!

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

GridSME to prepare study for Lawrence Berkeley National Labaratory/DOE

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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.

Background:

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.

GridSME chosen by San Francisco to develop CIP program
January 23, 2013

GridSME chosen by San Francisco to develop CIP program

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) chose GridSME as the winning bidder in respnse to its RFP – Technical Support Services, HHWP NERC Regulatory Standards – Critical Infrastructure Protection

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity,” Eric Whitley GridSME President said, “This is an important project that refelcts the advancement and growth of GridSME particulalry our Compliance Practice.”

The Hetch Hetchy Water and Power (HHWP), a Division of the SFPUC, and a department of the City, is an owner, operator, and user of the Bulk Electric System and as such is subject to compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards. The HHWP is registered with NERC for the following reliability functions: Generator Owner (GO), Generator Operator (GOP), Purchase-Selling Entity (PSE), Transmission Owner (TO), Transmission Operator (TOP). The RFP sought compliance consultants for assistance relating to NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements and the COM-001 standard.

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