Our Team is Pioneering an Intelligent and Sustainable Energy Future
Qualus is a leading pure-play power services firm and innovator at the forefront of the energy transition, with differentiated capabilities across grid modernization, resiliency, security, and sustainability. The firm partners with utilities, commercial, industrial, renewable developers, and government clients, offering comprehensive solutions through boutique and integrated advisory, planning, engineering, digital solutions, program management, and specialized field services. Qualus also provides software and technology enabled solutions and develops breakthrough solutions for critical power industry issues such as distributed and variable resource integration, emergency management, and secure data exchange. The firm has over 1,000 professionals, with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada.
System Integration Services
Our systems integration services focus on critical elements of grid modernization. We possess extensive experience in system integration processes, technologies, and data handling. This includes the design and implementation of a multi-zoned IT and OT Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), the use of Complex Event Processing (CEP) tools for event filtering between IT and OT systems, and integration design that leverages interoperability standards like the Common Information Model (CIM) and MultiSpeak.
Qualus can provide comprehensive support services for Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Resilience and Innovation Partnerships (GRIP) projects to help utilities optimize their investments and comply with essential government reporting requirements. The US DOE GRIP program provides funding for FY 22-26 to support projects that use innovative transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure approaches to enhance grid resilience and reliability.
Grid Emergency Management Services
Today’s utility emergency management process must resolve ever more persistent and destructive incidents. As a result, utility-specific complexity and risk are growing. Single-event Incident Command System (ICS) based management does not adequately meet today’s utility’s needs. Instead, a utility-specific all-hazard management approach is imperative to limit the escalating financial costs and reputational damage of undermanaging modern incidents.
FERC 881 Compliance Services
Qualus can provide comprehensive solution implementation services to achieve FERC 881 compliance by the July 2025 implementation deadline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued Order No. 881 to improve the accuracy and transparency of electric transmission line ratings. FERC 881 requires fully compliant implementation by July 2025, including:
• Public utility transmission providers to implement Ambient-Adjusted Ratings (AAR) calculations for the transmission lines over which they provide transmission service
• Systems and procedures to electronically update their transmission line AAR ratings at least hourly, including both a real-time operations rating and a 10-day rolling forecast
• Separate transmission line limit calculations for normal and emergency conditions
• Sharing the real-time AAR ratings with their respective Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs) or Independent System Operators (ISOs)
• Publishing the 10-day forecast AAR ratings on their respective Open Access Same-Time Information System (OASIS) sites
Qualus provides all the required services for AAR compliance. This includes an overall solution architecture design for AAR, process and system change management, training, an OSI Monarch* software upgrade (if required), implementation and configuration of OSI’s new OpenAAR module (if required), comprehensive Systems Integration (SI), and Quality Assurance testing to ensure enterprise FERC 881 compliance.