OATI Customers Leading Smart Grid Rankings

July 12, 2013

Utilities using smart energy solutions from Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) ranked among top 10 on Smart Grid Maturity Curve.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

Analysts at GTM Research wanted to gain an inclusive understanding of the complicated Smart Grid market and which North American utilities are best utilizing emerging technologies to implement their smart grid road maps. In its latest report, “The Utility Smart Grid Outlook in North America 2013,” the green industry research firm analyzed the smart grid deployments of 40 leading North American utilities, comparing each against five factors: smart grid portfolio, communications network, data management and analytics, enterprise management and integration, and customer engagement.

In the final rankings, two OATI webSmartEnergy customers — Burbank Water & Power (BWP) and EPB Chattanooga — are among the companies tied for fifth place.

“By identifying and ranking utilities on the five most important components of a successful smart grid plan, it became evident where utilities are struggling and excelling," said Emma Ritch, report author and Senior Analyst at GTM Research.

OATI webDispatch — part of the comprehensive webSmartEnergy suite of applications — is an essential part of BWP’s Integrated Automated Dispatch System, which analyzes market pricing and asset operating profiles to determine optimal schedules for using demand-side resources and generation. The system takes market prices and compares them to the price of generating power or curtailing load through demand side assets. Decisions can then be made on how to best optimize the assets under BWP’s control to reduce inadvertent energy charges from Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP).

Fred Fletcher, BWP's Assistant General Manager/Power Supply says, “webDistribute lets me see the price of everything. It doesn’t matter which assets I’m managing—it’s just math, and webDistribute lets me respond to changing needs easily.”

EPB Chattanooga is utilizing another OATI webSmartEnergy tool, webDistribute, to do load control as well as to strategically reduce distribution-line voltages using Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) techniques. This functionality lets EPB participate in TVA’s demand response efforts and avoid peak demand charges. OATI webDistribute gives EPB up to 40 MW of demand response that they can provide to TVA, improving the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the electric grid.

According to Jim Glass, EPB's Smart Grid Director, “webDistribute is an extremely flexible application that is building a foundation for moving EPB forward.”

In the wake of massive smart grid projects funded by U.S. stimulus funds, new initiatives are focused on improving energy delivery efficiency and reliability. OATI webSmartEnergy applications are helping utilities like EPB Chattanooga and Burbank Water & Power prove the business case for their smart grid technology road maps.

OATI provides innovative software solutions that simplify, streamline, and empower the operational tasks required in today’s energy commerce and Smart Grid. With more than 1,200 customers in North America, OATI successfully deploys large, complicated, and diverse mission-critical applications committed to industry standards and stringent NERC CIP guidelines.

OATI (http://www.oati.com) is a leading provider of Smart Grid, Energy Trading and Risk Management, Transmission Scheduling, Congestion Management, and Market Management products and services. OATI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an office in Redwood City, California. For more information, please contact sales[at]oati[dot]net.

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