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BetterGrids GRID DATA Repository goes LIVE to support Advanced Grid Research

June 12, 2017

 

GridBright announced today that it has opened its newly developed BetterGrids Grid Data Repository for free public use by the grid research community.  

 

"The Repository addresses the growing need for more realistic grid models in the public domain to support grid research and testing," according to Ali Vojdani, CEO of GridBright.  "While every utility has models, they usually contain sensitive information so are only available to researchers under strict conditions."

 

Design and construction of the Grid Data Repository started last year with input from ARPA-E, grid researchers, and other industry stakeholders. The Repository is built entirely with open source software and is supported by industry volunteers.  It is expected to support more advanced research in grid modernization by enabling more comprehensive and transparent testing, as well as richer and more comprehensive research collaborations. 

 

"We thank all the organizations and volunteers who have contributed to the development of the Repository, and look forward to continuing our collaboration in support of smart grid research and education," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., BetterGrids Director. 

 

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GridBright and CEATI publish report on DER integration challenges and opportunities:

How Distributed Energy Resources are Impacting Utility Operations

June 12, 2017

 

A new report indicates that distributed energy resources will have an increasingly complex and widespread impact on utility operations as penetration grows.  The report, Impacts of DER on Distribution Operations, is the result of a year-long collaborative research study by GridBright and CEATI International.  

 

GridBright led the work effort, with support from CEATI and a number of utilities across the US and Canada.  The study identified the major impacts on distribution operations when integrating DERs, and developed appropriate solutions for each.  The solutions range from simple technology upgrades, to more dramatic system architecture and work process changes to support a transforming value chain where customers increasingly produce and sell their own energy.  The final 140-page report also provides utilities with a maturity model, a gap assessment framework, and a roadmap to guide DER operations strategies.

 

"Our research results provide a comprehensive DER integration framework that each utility can apply to its unique situation to identify the steps they should take to get better at managing DER," said Alex Mogilevsky, the T&D Program Manager at CEATI. "We stand ready to collaborate with individual utilities who are interested in applying the framework." 

 

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T&D World discusses GridBright contributions to grid-edge analytics

June 7, 2017

 

T&D World published a new article today on the ARPA-E Grid Data Program, GridBright, and BetterGrids.org.

 

The article - Grid Data Program to Spur Smarter Grid-Edge Analytics - discusses the big gap that needs to be filled between pretty pictures illustrating general smart utility concepts, and actual applications in practice. 

 

Fundamentally, to build the new tools we will need to optimize increasingly complex dispatch on the grid, we will need reliable and highly detailed models of electricity demand, in all its complexity, along with equally detailed data models of the varying output of all the different sources of electric power which utilities employ to meet that demand, as well as additional models for performance parameters for T&D systems connecting the two.

 

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GridBright to leverage ARPA-E GRID DATA Repository to support
integration of solar into the nation's electric grid.

February 14, 2017

 

GridBright, Inc. announced today that it is part of three of the thirteen projects selected for award negotiations by the DOE SunShot Initiative ENERGISE; a $30M program to support integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. 

 

The three projects represent collaborations among a large number of leading-edge companies including several utilities, technology vendors, national labs, consulting companies, and universities. In all three projects, GridBright will perform the role of Project Data Curator to assist in data collection, conversion, integration, management, and publication. This includes hosting a secure data collaboration platform to facilitate data sharing among the project teams, and preserving research results as open source data and software in the GRID DATA Repository.

 

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BetterGrids GRID DATA Respository released for User Acceptance Testing

January 5, 2017

Today, GridBright released the alpha version of our new "BetterGrids GRID DATA Repository", as part of the ARPA-E GRID DATA project to support research in grid optimization and modernization.

 

The Repository will contain some of the existing disparate grid data existing in the utility industry, future grid data developed by the grid research community.

 

User Acceptance Testing will commence in early February.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. joins the GridBright Board of Directors

November 1, 2016

GridBright is pleased to announce that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has joined the GridBright, Inc. Board of Directors.  

 

Mr. Kennedy is one of the world's foremost environmental attorneys and advocates.   He is a partner in and adviser to several of the world’s leading sustainability and renewable energy investment firms.

 

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Dr. Dariush Shirmohammadi joins GridBright to lead new Grid Interconnection practice

September 1, 2016

GridBright is pleased to announce that Dr. Dariush Shirmohammadi has joined the GridBright team to lead our new Grid Interconnection Services practice.

 

Dariush has over 40 years of experience in the utility industry in the planning, design and operation of transmission and distribution grids, integration of renewable resources, and development and implementation of electricity markets.  He is a world-class expert in interconnection and integration of renewable and distributed resources in the transmission and distribution grid. 

 

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Travis Rouillard joins GridBright as Chief Technology Officer

July 1, 2016

GridBright is pleased to announce that Travis Rouillard has joined the GridBright team as our Chief Technology Officer.

 

Travis has over twenty years of experience building and deploying utility software solutions.

Prior to GridBright, Travis has held senior roles at GE, Alstom, UISOL, and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).  He has led technical architecture, development, and integration of IT/OT systems at large utilities, small munis, regional transmission operators, wholesale trading firms, and retail energy services companies.

 

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GridBright awarded ARPA-E grant to build GRID DATA Repository

January 15, 2016

 

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $11 million in funding for seven new projects to test new options for optimal efficiency of the U.S. Electric Grid.

 

GridBright has been awarded a project to create an interactive and publicly available repository to store power system models, as well as other models developed by the engineering community. This collaborative repository will encourage a more accurate and comprehensive evaluation of emerging grid optimization tools, which will improve grid reliability and security while improving efficiency.

 

View the complete ARPA-E press release here.

OMS go-live at Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative

September 16, 2015

 

GridBright has completed final go-live of an advanced outage management system (OMS) for Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative (MCEC).  GridBright led the MCEC project team from start to finish, and upgraded all functional and technical aspects of the system.

 

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