Calico to license Battelle demand management technologies

Calico Energy Services will license a set of technologies from Battelle called Grid Command Active Demand Management (ADM). This new technology gives consumers and producers control over their electricity decisions.

Grid Command ADM provides software components that enable utilities to rapidly and effectively regulate energy consumption by creating automatic, auction-based price and demand signals.

These signals are transmitted to end-point devices, distribution points on the grid and storage devices, which respond by reducing electricity load based on pre-set parameters. Grid Command ADM leverages the intellectual property and algorithms developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and recently licensed by Calico.

Grid Command ADM was developed as part of a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid grant and has shown excellent potential in several recent implementations in the Pacific Northwest. The largest deployment includes more than 1,000 residential customers and employs a utility head-end module to dispatch real-time price or demand signals based on consumer “bids” and distribution constraints.

This automated, closed-loop model normalizes capacity issues, adjusts to changing variables and balances the intermittency of renewables in real-time.

Calico’s current software platform, the Energy Intelligence Suite (EIS), provides a utility head-end for managing Demand Response, Load Control and pricing events — as well as a consumer web portal. The company will be using Grid Command ADM as an advanced communication module to augment the current capabilities of EIS and provide utilities with the ability to manage load or transmission congestion, mitigate the impact of wholesale energy price spikes and regulate the intermittency of renewable energy sources.

As a result, utilities can reduce peak demand and wholesale price impacts, regulate renewable intermittency and ease congestion. In addition, Grid Command ADM can reduce the need for excess capacity by providing a distributed, real-time load source. In recent pilot projects, Grid Command ADM was shown to reduce loads by 15 percent during peak events and 50 percent during shoulder periods.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

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