Navigant chosen to establish REV Connect portal for demonstration projects

Written By: Stratton Report
October 12, 2016

On October 12, Navigant Consulting announced it had been selected by NYSERDA to establish and operate REV Connect, an initiative to advance critical project development under the state’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative.

REV Connect is intended to offer a central forum for third parties to submit REV project ideas and receive guidance, feedback and facilitation, and will match ideas with customers, communities, and utilities to advance REV demonstrations and other projects.

Jan Vrins, leader of Navigant’s Global Energy segment noted:

“Innovation of energy technologies and business models, specifically for distributed energy resources, are transforming the way utilities do business as well as the way customers consume energy. We are thrilled to collaborate with NYSERDA to create a more dynamic, resilient, clean, valuable, and affordable energy system in New York.”

President and CEO of NYSERDA John B. Rhodes commented: “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is at the forefront of energy innovation, and REV Connect will help enable energy market participants to develop and roll out cutting-edge solutions, find project partners and learn from each other’s experiences. We look forward to working with Navigant and its partners on this important work.”

Navigant, partnered with the NY-BEST Consortium, Modern Grid Partners and Zpryme, will take stock of the current state of REV implementation including REV demonstration projects; develop an inventory of areas of interest, identified and potential market needs, promising ideas, challenges, and means to engage with REV market participants; develop a REV Connect online portal and other tools for market engagement to share knowledge and act as a point of intake for ideas, technologies and projects, while also providing multi-faceted engagement opportunities to market actors and utilities; and create a plan for continued operation of REV Connect beyond the term of its contract.

Modern Grid Partners is a utility consulting firm focusing on smart grid applications. Zpryme is a research, media, and events agency with a focus on energy. NY-BEST is a consortium of energy storage technology providers for transportation, electric grid, and other applications.