Infrastructure energy offers an innovative new framework to help cities transition their power infrastructure to the 21st century
We assist public and investor-owned energy utilities with the design, build, operation and financing of complex power grid modernization projects.
Our utility distribution microgrid (UDM) and related projects enable the large-scale integration of distributed generation and storage assets, such as wind, biomass, solar photo voltaic (PV), and electric vehicles (EVs), and help cities and utilities deliver clean, reliable and climate-resilient power.
We see three distinct stages in the creation of utility distribution microgrid (UDM) FOR BETTER CITIES:
TIER I – Grid modernization
For cities to take advantage of the many opportunities presented by emerging smart grid technologies and systems, existing distribution networks must be updated and improved.
Our work with utilities at this tier focuses on climate resiliency (fault detection, load balancing / load shedding, distribution automation, self-healing, cyber security, critical facility islanding) as well as overall efficiency: peak load reduction, volt/VAR optimization, reduced transmission and distribution losses, distributed energy resources, microgrid control systems, energy management systems, advanced meter functionality, and distribution substation upgrades.
TIER Ii – CUSTOMER EMPOWERMENT
With these upgraded networks in place, utilities are able to implement system advances that give consumers more control over their energy usage, allowing customers to enjoy a higher level of interaction with their utility.
Our work at this tier includes demand response, direct load control, the integration of electric vehicles and “smart homes” into their networks, as well as working closely with utilities to assess, design and implement comprehensive customer education, engagement strategies and initiatives.
TIER Iii – THE UTILITY OF THE FUTURE
At the most advanced level, new layers of intelligence are added to the power grid, setting the stage for the evolution of the utility business model itself. Important components of this tier of development include data analytics and data management systems, the incorporation of independent energy providers and advanced energy markets, and performance-based rates.