OATI Top-Level Sponsor and Presenter at EUCI Conference

July 16, 2013

Open Access Technology International, Inc. (OATI) defines solution options for energy imbalance challenges by analyzing Demand Response and Transmission system improvements.

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

As renewable energy resources become more prevalent, there is a growing need to implement measures that will improve the energy imbalance conditions of various geographical regions throughout the country. This is especially the case with the Western Interconnection, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

Over the last few years, discussions on the topic have invariably turned to creating a Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). However, in these Western EIM design discussions, little attention has been paid to the role that Demand-side resources (DR) and transmission system improvements may play in resolving some of the same energy imbalance issues.

Dr. Ali Ipakchi and Dr. Farrokh Rahimi, who have more than 70 years of combined experience in power systems and electric utility operations, will present ways utilities can use DR to offset the variability of renewable energy at the Western EIM: DR and Transmission Solutions conference sponsored by EUCI. The conference, taking place August 13-14, 2013, in Portland, Oregon, will examine what roles DR and incentive-compatible transmission pricing, compensation, and cost allocation can play in helping the region address its energy imbalance requirements.

OATI presentations will explore more cost-effective solutions than conventional generation for managing the increasing energy imbalances that come with power portfolios that contain large amounts of wind and solar.

“By utilizing dispatchable DR resources, utilities can manage the variability of renewables without having to invest to increase capacity from conventional sources,” said Dr. Rahimi, Vice President of Market Design and Consulting at OATI. “Provisioning Flexibility Reserves and Ancillary Services from DR/DER resources will allow utilities to efficiently meet state-mandated Renewable Portfolio Standards.”

OATI possesses substantial experience with balancing operations in organized centralized markets, coordinated decentralized markets, and bilateral settings, each of which has a unique set of EIM design requirements.

“Existing OATI tools in the west can be leveraged and expanded to assist in the EIM market,” said Dr. Ipakchi, Vice President of Smart Grid and Green Power at OATI. “A growing portfolio of OATI applications use DR resources to manage the reliability issues associated with increasing variable generation.”

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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