Oracle, Sunverge Energy and GridNavigator announce new grid and customer energy management systems for Grid 2.0

Written By: Stratton Report
February 1, 2017

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On February 1, three firms announced products targeting grid and customer energy management in connection with the Distributech trade show in San Diego.

Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3, an expanded network management platform that is intended to help utilities make the transition to a customer-centric grid by giving operators real-time visibility across all grid and pipeline assets and eliminating the complexities of siloed data and applications.

Per Oracle, the new system will allow utilities to aggregate data from various network assets into a single interface with more detailed visibility into network operations, including two-way distributed energy resource data, advanced metering infrastructure data, distribution management system data and outage management system data.

Rodger Smith, senior Vice President and general manager, Oracle Utilities remarked:

The most successful utilities will embrace the emergence of a customer-centric network, and have a strategic vision of how technology can support it. In the first transitional phase, utilities built billions of dollars of infrastructure over several decades. Then with the advent of sensors and SCADA, we got better data and point-in-time visibility. Now we are in an age of predictive analytics, multiple new data streams from edge devices, and more complex real-time switching. We view our NMS solution as a platform that manages all aspects of the grid—from the customer’s living room to the utility back office.” [/p

Sunverge Energy, a provider of energy storage systems for residences and small businesses, announced the Sunverge Infinity™, an energy management platform that works with third-party energy storage systems. The Sunverge Infinity unit works with a range of battery storage and inverter products from various vendors, enabling utilities, electric retailers and solar companies to use Sunverge’s cloud-based software platform to connect and manage those systems, aggregating them into a common virtual power plant.

Ken Munson, CEO of Sunverge Energy noted: “Storage technology realizes its full potential when individual units can be centrally managed and aggregated. Sunverge Infinity is the link between our powerful software platform and the growing number of battery and inverter options out there. It creates greater choice for consumers along with offering more powerful management options for providers.”

GridNavigator, a manufacturer of smart devices for the commercial market, has announced the availability of an automated energy budgeting and demand reduction service to help small-to-medium businesses to proactively cap their monthly building energy bills. The service works with GridNavigator lighting and HVAC controls and sub-meters and can deliver a 5-10% reduction in monthly energy bills with no significant impact on facility performance or comfort.

According to GridNavigator, the power budgeting service predicts periods of high electrical demand in real time before they occur, allowing GridNavigator’s smart controller to automatically adjust thermostat set points and light levels. The smart forecasting system allows customers to minimize the peak demand charges levied by their electrical supplier with a minimum of manual monitoring and intervention.

Leo Rioseco, President, Gables Grove Construction commented: “Control equals savings. GridNavigator helps us to deliver solutions to our clients that take advantage of the latest technology trends in building automation,” said “This is a sophisticated system that is easy to install and use and can quickly lower overall total cost of ownership.”