SOURCE: Innovari


June 02, 2016 12:30 ET

International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) Honors Innovari and EMCALI Project With Special Recognition for Potential Replication Through Annual Award of Excellence

EMCALI and Innovari Unlock Reliable Demand-Side Capacity in Colombia Without Adding Generation

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - June 02, 2016) - At the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) announced the results of its 2016 Award of Excellence competition, honoring the Innovari and Empresas Municipales de Cali (EMCALI) joint project, "Unlocking Reliable Demand-Side Capacity in Colombia Without Adding Generation," with Special Recognition for Potential for Replication.

This pilot project employs Innovari's Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) to directly address reliability issues brought on by electricity supply shortages, exacerbated by recent droughts and fuel shortages, coupled with peak demand issues in Colombia. 

Michele de Nigris,Chair of the ISGAN Executive Committee, said, "Through the annual Award of Excellence competition, ISGAN showcases projects that stand as outstanding examples of the value smart grids offer for more reliable, flexible, and sustainable energy systems. In the case of this Innovari and EMCALI project, the jury noted that the project's resourceful and relatively low-cost approach for integrating smart grid technologies to improve electricity reliability in Colombia could be replicated in many other emerging economies facing similar challenges." 

The 1-megawatt (MW) grid-optimization pilot and feasibility study was successful in leveraging the IEP to unlock real-time, two-way verifiable capacity from demand-side resources -- including a distributed generator and customer-building load through automated demand side management (ADSM).

The feasibility study, partially funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), set out to verify that the IEP could act as a firm, reliable, and verifiable peak load resource -- equivalent to that of a generator -- such that EMCALI could continue meeting growing peak demand (average 2 percent annual growth rate) without having to buy expensive capacity from the national spot electricity market, which saw a three-fold increase in prices from January 2014 to the beginning of 2016.

Following the success of the pilot, EMCALI is on track for expanding the 1 MW project to a 25 MW deployment later this year, pending regulatory approvals.

"We are honored to be accepting this award on behalf of EMCALI and Innovari for our successful pilot in Cali, but even more excited that the demand side of the grid is being recognized as a reliable resource for utilities to leverage in the real-time management of their network," said Manuel Arancibia, President, Innovari, Latin America. "By successfully leveraging demand-side resources on the edge of the grid, the IEP provides utilities with a generation-quality resource that is not subject to outside variables and forces -- like drought conditions, supply prices, and other market volatilities -- to uphold reliability, maintain affordable electricity for customers, and lower carbon emissions."

With a fully engaged demand-side, EMCALI will have more capacity assets to leverage to uphold grid reliability into the future -- as the distribution grid continues to evolve.

To read more about this project, see a recent article in Intelligent Utility.

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:

About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN):
Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to advance smart grids around the world through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination among a global network of experts. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency. More information on ISGAN and its Award of Excellence can be found at

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