Electric utilities are using our virtual battery solutions to create the grid of the future.
Here are some of their stories.
As the world’s first 100% renewable utility, Burlington Electric Department (BED) partnered with Packetized Energy in 2016 to pilot virtual battery technology. The initial project deployed Mello® smart thermostats for water heaters in BED service area to connect to our Nimble™ energy flexibility platform for peak management and price arbitrage. Following this successful pilot, Packetized Energy and BED are partnering for Phase 2, a multi-year contract to expand the deployment in size and scope.
Now in Phase 2, the program is increasing enrollment in the smart electric water heating program and deploying a smart electric vehicle charging program. BED and Packetized Energy will also demonstrate bidirectional virtual battery operations with distributed battery storage coordinated seamlessly with our Nimble platform.
By scaling up the size of deployment and the range of device types included in the virtual battery, BED anticipates reducing energy costs and building out the technology needed to facilitate a transition to a distributed and renewable energy future.
CENTRAL ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE
Provider of wholesale electric service to all of South Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, CEPCI is adding grid-edge flexibility. Deploying Mello® smart water heater thermostats connected to our Nimble™ energy flexibility platform, CEPCI will be able to manage demand to align with various rate structures.
GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER
Our Nimble software enables GMP to reduce peak energy demand, perform short-term price arbitrage, conduct real-time balancing (frequency regulation), and manage distribution network constraints. Using the fine-grained, real-time control that our solutions provide, GMP is advancing toward its goals of driving down costs and dramatically reducing carbon emissions.
Our solutions fit well with the range of smart energy technologies GMP offers its customers to let them control their energy usage and comfort while helping all its customers save money.
To support deployment of this program, we have partnered with real estate firm, Redstone, to install Mello smart thermostats in a multi-unit residential and small commercial property.
VERMONT ELECTRIC CO-OP
Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is a member-owned electric distribution utility serving over 30,000 members throughout rural northern Vermont. VEC partnered with Packetized Energy to build a virtual battery using Nimble™ software to coordinate several hundred Mello® smart electric water heater thermostats, reducing system costs and while maintaining excellent quality of service for all members.
Our Nimble software enables VEC to manage its virtual battery of electric water heaters to reduce peak load and conduct energy price arbitrage using fine-grained, real-time control. In addition, Packetized Energy provides VEC valuable insight into the changing distributed energy landscape. VEC has built out its virtual battery to add battery storage to its fleet of water heaters. VEC coordinates these devices with Nimble software for real-time load balancing (e.g., frequency regulation) and distribution network constraint management.
WASHINGTON ELECTRIC CO-OP
Washington Electric Co-op (WEC) is a member-owned electric utility serving over 10,500 rural Vermonters with clean, renewable, reliable energy. WEC is partnering with Efficiency Vermont and Packetized Energy in a two-year virtual battery project funded in part through a grant from VLITE (Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity).
In its initial phase, the project will provide up to 100 customers with Mello® smart water heater thermostats aggregated into a virtual battery in WEC territory. WEC and Efficiency Vermont will use Packetized Energy’s Nimble™ virtual battery software to manage peak load. Efficiency Vermont will provide measurement and verification throughout the project. This partnership offers not only the benefit of cost savings to WEC and its members but provides robust data collection to further the clean energy goals of Efficiency Vermont and enhance Packetized Energy’s product development.
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