SOURCE: Innovari


June 07, 2016 13:06 ET

Innovari to Present on Edge-of-Grid Panel With Utility CEOs at EEI Annual Convention

Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) Developer CEO Joins Four Utility Presidents and CEOs to Discuss Opportunites at the Grid's Edge

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - June 07, 2016) - Innovari CEO, Chris Hickman, will discuss how the company's Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) is helping utilities transform customers into partners and take control of the grid's edge during the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention panel titled "The Promise of 'Edge of Grid' Resources," led by Great Plains Energy Chairman, President, and CEO, Terry Bassham. The panel will take place after opening keynotes at the EEI Annual Convention on June 13 in Chicago, IL.

Innovari's CEO will speak alongside:

  • John McAvoy, Chairman and CEO, Consolidated Edison
  • Pedro Pizarro, President, Edison International
  • Sean Trauschke, Chairman, President & CEO, OGE Energy
  • Terry Bassham, Chairman, President & CEO, Great Plains Energy, Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) (moderator)

"I am honored to have the opportunity to share Innovari's unique perspective among these industry trailblazers, including Terry Bassham, who is at the helm of KCP&L's transformational project that leverages Innovari's IEP to strengthen customer relationships as a key step toward better integrating and balancing edge-of-grid resources," Hickman says. "Our platform gives utilities the opportunity to invest in the distribution grid and their customers -- offsetting generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure investments -- to unlock affordable, generation-quality capacity that optimizes grid utilization and performance."

Edge-of-grid integration starts with a strong foundation of customer-utility partnerships through IEP-enabled automated demand side management (ADSM) programs, which provide mutually beneficial value for participating customers, the utility, and the community, while opening the door for utilities to offer additional programs and services to customers at the grid's edge.

"We're excited to help our utility partners take the leading role in controlling and coordinating emerging distributed energy resources to improve performance of the entire grid -- for the benefit of all stakeholders," Hickman adds. "As the distribution grid continues to evolve, there is a significant opportunity for utilities to leverage those resources to ensure cleaner, more affordable, and more reliable power. And it all starts with strong utility-customer partnerships."

The IEP provides real-time, two-way verifiable, closed-loop control over edge-of-grid resources -- including customer-building load, renewables, distributed generation, and storage -- helping balance and optimize the evolving distribution grid.

The EEI Annual Convention takes place June 12-15 at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago, IL. The "Promise of 'Edge of Grid' Resources" panel is session 1A of the Energy Matters Series 1, taking place 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

To learn more about the exciting work KCP&L and Innovari have underway, please read Terry Bassham's piece on "Transforming Customers into Partners" in the March/April 2016 issue of Electric Perspectives.

About Innovari:

Innovari's Interactive Energy Platform connects utilities, their customers, and their communities to optimize grid performance and improve how the world uses energy. Innovari's solutions attack the electric grid's core problem -- the load duration curve -- unlocking access to affordable capacity that improves system utilization, electric reliability, and utility financial performance, while Innovari's non-profit, Plugged into Kids™, brings together utilities and their customers to help the children in their communities. By providing utilities with analytics, automation, and control over edge-of-grid capacity resources, Innovari enables two-way, verifiable automated demand side management (ADSM); dynamic load and phase balancing; renewable and distributed energy resources integration; and more. Innovari is the utility industry's Capacity for Change:

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