SOURCE: Balance Energy

September 24, 2009 14:51 ET

Balance Energy Joins Energy Technology Coalition to Advance San Diego Smart Grid

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2009) - Balance Energy will join San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and 25 other companies to develop San Diego's smart grid demonstration project. Balance Energy will provide overall system engineering and architecture for the Secure End-to-End Smart Grid Demonstration project that will create a community-scale utility system that interconnects greater percentages of renewable generation -- at both the distribution- and transmission-system levels. The system will store electricity and use automated sensors and communication technologies to help manage these intermittent energy resources. Once successful, the prototype project can be recreated on a larger scale anywhere in the world.

"Our project focuses on a number of key success factors, most important of which are engaging the customers, securing the system, addressing the intermittency of renewable energy and integration," said Lee Krevat, director of smart grid at SDG&E. "The project comprises a coalition of forward-thinking local, national and global organizations that will transform the San Diego region's electrical grid into a digital smart grid."

Balance Energy focuses on the end-to-end development, design and deployment of integrated microgrid and dispatchable renewable generation solutions. Safe, controllable and reliable microgrids and renewable generation are complimentary infrastructure customer assets that increase grid reliability, stabilize long-term energy costs, and mitigate negative environmental impact. They can be self-sustainable, networked together or dispatched through the bulk electric grid to service large campuses, manufacturing, small communities and regional utility customers.

"This project will transform the way smart grid deployments occur from here on. SDG&E, who is already a leader in the smart grid space, will show how microgrids can be managed across vast geographic areas, incorporating renewables and managing load according to the variability of generation," said Terry Mohn, vice president and chief innovation officer for Balance Energy.

"Through the new technology, SDG&E customers will have improved reliability and will be able to provide resources into the grid for larger area stabilization. When combined with variable generation from solar and wind, we can balance energy demand with available supply. This is the next generation of the smart grid," Mohn added.

About Balance Energy

Balance Energy™ is a BAE Systems initiative that applies the technologies and capabilities of a global defense, security, and aerospace leader to address the emerging needs of a changing world. Balance Energy is a premier smart grid supplier focused on technologies and business models that enable the safe and reliable deployment of distributed generation assets for campuses, manufacturers, small communities and utilities. Balance Energy offerings include project development, systems engineering, integration, delivery and operation of microgrids, renewable generation, waste-to-energy gasification, biogas anaerobic digestion and resource management control systems.

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