Premier Alliance partners with AutoGrid, Berkeley lab for DOE project

Premier Alliance Group has partnered with AutoGrid Systems and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a Department of Energy (DOE) project to demonstrate the performance of AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System on distributed electrical grids.

The project was awarded to AutoGrid and Berkeley Lab by the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

The project objective is to design and demonstrate automated control software that helps manage real-time demand for energy across the electrical grid. The system will allow personalized price and control signals to be sent to millions of customers in extremely short timeframes, incentivizing them to alter their usage depending on grid conditions. This will in turn enable utilities to better manage unpredictable supply and demand thereby making the process of providing power more efficient and cost effective.

DROMS is a cloud-based demand management service that employs Big Data analytics, a physics-based model of the grid and information streams from smart meters and other grid assets to accurately predict electricity demand. The near-term forecasts permit utilities, grid operators and large power consumers to securely shift power consumption to meet financial or operational goals. Requiring no additional hardware, DROMS can cut the cost of demand response systems by 90 percent while increasing the "yield" of power from demand response events by 30 percent.

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