|Consumer Demand – an Asset for Grid Management||2010-03-14|
BPL Global provides precision control of residential AC demand enabling a new
relationship between electric utilities and their customers.
PITTSBURGH, PA Jan. 25, 2010 – BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG), a smart grid technology company dedicated to
leading the transformation of energy efficiency and reliability, provides innovation in demand
management enabling electric utilities to utilize customer loads as precision resources and realize smart
grid value without the need to deploy smart meters. BPLG's Power SG technology is a major advance in
demand management solutions from existing smart metering, smart thermostat and one-way broadcast
technologies. Real-time, two-way communications with precision management of individually managed
loads provides a higher value to utilities. BPLG technology results in an 87% increase in effective yield
from connected residential air conditioning load, delivering an average of 1.4 kW per connected load
versus 0.75kw for conventional demand management solutions. Our real-time communications
combined with precision measurement and 100% verification of customer load reduction enables load
to perform as non-spinning reserve ancillary services, creating additional value. BPLG's demand
management solutions have a proven ROI with deployments at FirstEnergy's operating company JCP&L
and Southern California Edison.
"Deploying advanced demand management technology can turn air conditioning load into a high value
ancillary service for managing the reliability of the grid," said California ISO Demand Response Lead John
Goodin. "Smart Grid technology of this kind will help manage peak electrical demand instead of
increasing supply, which is a key strategy for managing the grid of the future and integrating greater
amounts of intermittent renewable resources."
Instead of utilizing demand management to just shed peak load, BPLG's solution enables load to become
an operational resource for market monetization as well as to improve reliability and efficiency by
protecting assets, reducing congestion and avoiding outages. BPLG technology enables utilities to
integrate the control of customer loads for operational management without the need to replace
existing meters with smart meters. BPLG recently announced strategic relationships with Siemens
Energy and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to accelerate market development of
BPLG's Power SG solutions.
"BPL Global solutions focus on the operating needs of the utility. Our goal is to enable utilities to deploy
demand management solutions in precise areas of operational need rather than requiring full and broad
deployment of new AMI infrastructure or broad based demand response programs," said Jeff Tolnar,
CTO of BPLG. "This method benefits the utility by focusing on ROI in areas of operational need like peak
load reduction, congested substations and non-spinning reserve ancillary services."
Power SG integrated Demand Dispatch is a demand management solution from BPLG consisting of a
combination of software, hardware and services that enable the utility to directly manage non-critical
load for operational and market monetization needs. Direct load management provides electric utilities
with demand dispatch capability offering several unique benefits not available in traditional third party
aggregator demand management solutions. Utilities gain operational control of individual customer
loads, without relying on third parties to respond to market signals. The solution provides verifiable and
measurable load shed information in real-time, qualifying load reduction as an ancillary services reserve
asset. Load is managed as a grid resource with control of specific loads that can be managed individually
or collaboratively in response to dynamic grid conditions and operational objectives. The BPLG direct
load controller measures power quality at the load under management including voltage, current, active
power, reactive power, power factor and frequency. This enables the BPLG solution to deliver valuable
edge information to the utility without the need for a smart meter.
BPLG offers a proven, turnkey customer acquisition and retention marketing program that can be
targeted to operate on utility-specified substations and feeders with the greatest need. A unique
residential temperature rise monitoring program encourages customers to enter and remain long-term
participants in utility load management programs. BPLG's integrated approach to smart grid solutions
enables collaborative management of renewables, distributed generation, energy storage and load
resources in a single controlled system.
The following links provide more information about our demand side management solutions and projects:
• SoCalEd DR demo finds resource is market-friendly, but ...
• BPLG Contributes to Participating Load Project for SCE
• BPL Global Collaborates with FirstEnergy Subsidiary JCP&L
• Siemens to add BPLG Products to Smart Grid Offering
• BPLG and Siemens Team-up on Smart Grid
• BPLG Announces Strategic Alliance with SAIC
BPLG develops and deploys transformational Smart Grid solutions to modernize electric networks
worldwide and address applications across the grid. BPLG is uniquely positioned as a first mover in
integrating management of distributed energy resources, including renewable generation, distributed
generation, energy storage and load into a single, controllable system. In addition, BPLG's rapid fault
location systems improve the reliability of distribution grids. At the substation, BPLG is the market
leader in premium transformer monitors and offers comprehensive substation automation solutions.
About BPL Global
BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of
energy efficiency and reliability. The company provides software solutions and services to electric
utilities and energy service companies enabling an intelligent grid to more efficiently manage demand,
integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital
productivity. BPL Global partners with local utilities, Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and
financiers to create end-to-end solutions integrating the best in software, communications, hardware
and managed services to aggressively deploy smart grid solutions around the world. Part of the clean
technology sector of the electric utility industry, our applications provide the critical foundation for a
coordinated, intelligent grid to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably for a greener environment.
Visit BPL Global on the web at www.bplglobal.net
About BPL Africa
BPL Africa is a smart grid company, whose main ambition is to take a leading role in addressing two major Africa's needs, energy delivery and education. BPL Africa offers a unique combination of solutions for this continent in energy efficiency and management, solar energy generation , renewable energy storage, electrification of the off-grid areas with energy islands, electrical network optimization via microgrids, sustainable power supply for rural area computer education.
BPL Africa benefits from the exclusive partnership with BPL Global®, the world leader in Smart Grid Technology. Among other partners figure the best of the breed software and hardware manufacturers, power engineering and telecommunications experts and robust financial institutions. As all our Smart Grid solutions are parts of the clean technology sector, we work and live for a greener environment!