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Visit us at ESNA 2015 – Learn about our new projects and features for our Real-Time Distributed Control System (RT|DECS) software, used for PG&E’s award-nominated energy storage project

October 9th, 2015

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Visit us at ESNA this year in San Diego, October 13-15, to learn about our latest enhancements to RT|DECS and all our solutions for utilities, power producers, and MicroGrids.

We’ve expanded our suite of utility-grade software solutions for grid-level, vendor-agnostic control of distributed energy resources (DER) and energy storage. While early versions of our software let utilities manage a single resource as multiple Virtual Power Plants, we’ve added many new features and control modes for our latest Real-Time Distributed Energy Control System (RT|DECS), to manage control across diverse portfolios of DER & storage and to interface with utility and market systems.

Our RT|DECS software has an important role in PG&E’s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects – managing grid-level controls and interfacing with equipment vendors’ control systems and market award dispatch systems. A highlight of ESNA tours the past two years, PG&E’s Yerba Buena 4 MW Battery Project is nominated for ESNA’s 2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage. The project provides many benefits at both the distribution and bulk power level and demonstrates several industry use cases. PG&E’s Vaca-Dixon 2 MW system, also part of the industry collaboration project using our RT|DECS control software, was the first and currently is the only resource to participate in California’s CAISO new Non-Generator Resource energy and frequency regulation markets. See www.esnaexpo.com/awards/2015-finalists.

We partner with all kinds of industry players that can use our software and expertise in control systems. We play a key role in DER, energy storage, and cyber-security research projects with NREL, PNNL, and a microgrid collaboration project at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, Ca. We’ve been a trusted provider to utilities, power producers, and large energy users since 1990, with solutions for substation and control center SCADA, substation and distribution automation applications, real-time communication gateways, and more. We’re experts in CAISO NRI telemetry, metering and controls, and we provide our own CAISO-certified RIG provider.

Our software solutions are complementary to virtually all players in this ecosystem, so talk with us!

We’re a gold sponsor for ESNA, in Booth 120 by the open networking area. Our CEO speaks on the expo stage on Wednesday at 10:45 and in the conference session “Resource Aggregation” on Thursday at 11:30.  Contact us to schedule a meeting. See you in sunny San Diego!

Learn how DC Systems enables energy storage adoption and integration at scale at Energy Storage North America!

September 24th, 2014

 

 

ESNA LogoFor the second year in a row, DC Systems will head south for the Energy Storage North America conference in San Jose, CA.

Like last year, participants on ESNA’s energy storage site tours will be able to see DC Systems’ RT|Stored Energy Control System live in action at the PG&E Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage Pilot Project.

This year visitors can also visit us at Booth 215 to demo our software in person and learn why distributed generation projects from PG&E’s storage pilot to the Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project rely on DC Systems for mission-critical site communication and controls.

When: October 1st and 2nd, 2014

3 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your CAISO Remote Intelligent Gateway

August 21st, 2014

If you are a conventional power plant larger than 20 MW or a renewable generator larger than 1.5 MW and you connect to the California ISO-managed grid (the yellow region on the map below), chances are you communicate with the ISO over a small ruggedized computer called a Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG). Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping up with CAISO – What We Learned at the CAISO Resource Interconnection Fair

March 7th, 2014

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Last week DC Systems traveled to Folsom, CA to attend CAISO’s first Resource Interconnection Fair. The event was well-attended and the constant flow of questions from the audience confirmed what we, as providers of one part of the interconnection solution, already knew: especially for first time inter-connectors, but even for companies who have been through the process many times, the CAISO interconnection process is viewed as something of a black hole and can be quite daunting. Read the rest of this entry »

Ivanpah goes online: World’s largest solar thermal plant connects to grid through DC Systems RIG

February 14th, 2014

The world’s largest solar thermal plant went online today and is connected to the grid by a DC Systems RT|Remote Intelligent Gateway (RT|RIG). Located in the Mojave Desert, the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System reflects sunlight to heat water in boilers atop 459-foot towers, creating steam to drive turbines and generate electricity. Located near the border of California and Nevada, Ivanpah feeds power to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison and is owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google. Read the rest of this entry »

Hitting the Road for San Antonio

January 24th, 2014

The glossies are printed. The booth is packed. Invitations are sent. Reservations made.
Now it comes down to what the show is about – an opportunity to meet and learn and share ideas. Our industry is turning a corner, from learning how to do a lot of really smart things to figuring out how to do them at scale, across our entire grid, as cost effectively as possible. We are excited to be part of it and contribute our piece of the puzzle. Please check out the exciting things we have in store.

See you in San Antonio!

Smart Grid News – What can we really expect from distribution automation?

January 21st, 2014

Guest authored, along with other industry professionals, in SmartGridNews.com

David Meyers, VP of sales for DC Systems, has this to say: “Distributed intelligence at the grid edge may or may not need to piggyback on AMI networks presents the most exciting opportunities for making the grid smarter. Automated Sectionalizing and Restoration (ASR), implemented at the substation level, using existing data and control points, is one example, Var/Volt control is another. Similarly, rather than pushing petabytes of data over these networks, distributed intelligence applications can mine real-time data in the field and pass back key information to control rooms.”

Read the full article here

Energy Storage in California – What’s Different This Time?

January 15th, 2014

We had the opportunity to sponsor lunch at the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Market Development Forum yesterday and out of (many) conferences that I attend, this was one of the more exciting. Why?

Stored energy is nascent as a resource of any importance…like, say, DR ten years ago or solar five years ago…so it would not be surprising if the players–regulators, utilities, technology vendors, financiers–were fumbling in the dark to figure out how to make it all work. Especially considering that we are adding a third leg to what has been a two-sided equation (supply and demand) for a century, some tentativeness would not be unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »

RT 6.0

January 9th, 2014

Today we announced the release of RT 6.0, the latest version of our Real-Time Smart Grid Platform. This is exciting for all of the usual reasons that a major software release is exciting–new features, excited customers, growth opportunities for us–but there is a another reason that we are excited. More than any previous version and more than any product that we are aware of, RT 6.0 will help the people we work with most closely in customer organizations–SCADA specialists, system operators and administrators–to do their jobs better and more easily. Great customers teach their vendors and work with them to build the products that they need – we are fortunate to have a bunch of them. We look forward to seeing some at DistribuTECH while many others will be keeping the lights on.

Renewable Integration – Reducing Cost and Complexity

December 15th, 2013

A recent article in California Energy Markets (1260) - CPUC Looks for Ways to Limit Green Power Costs – discusses the inevitable haggling over ensuring that renewable energy procured to fulfill RPS requirements is as cost effective as possible and what limits might be placed on procurement if the price impacts reach some threshold. At the same time, utilities and grid operators are already grappling with the economic challenge of helping smaller generators participate economically and with the operational challenges of system management with orders of magnitude more resources and the associated complexity of renewable generation compared to traditional fossil-fuel resources.

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