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As ConEd looks at the next decade, it requires a strategy to facilitate electrification, as well as the need to demonstrate business models that can become a sustainable business for ConEd. ConEd asked for support from Vrinda on electrification of transportation, specifically focused on medium/heavy duty (MD/HD) commercial vehicles. Vrinda has supported Con Edison in the following ways:

•    Helped ConEd understand current trends, initiatives, and business models adopted or developed by utilities, the private sector in the US, and internationally so they may develop proactive strategies for beneficial fleet electrification. 
•    Outlined specific technical feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and LMI community impacts of medium and heavy-duty fleet electrification in eight different MDHD sectors. 
•    Performed market sizing and introduced new revenue opportunities based on technical and regulatory factors. 
•    Performed economic and revenue stream analysis for proposed project demonstrations. 
•    Reviewed the electrification of transportation policy landscape and used this analysis to develop options for fleet electrification roles of ConEd under the current boundary conditions for regulated business. 
•    Helped Con Edison conceptualize demonstration projects to demonstrate and scale.
•    Advised on how to expand the existing fleet advisory program to improve communication and education materials for customers and stakeholders.
•    Created demonstration project objectives, performance indicators, investment needs, partnerships, risks, and mitigation strategies.

 

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The New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Vision 2020 strives to bring new technologies and new business models to its customers. NYPA is exploring opportunities to advance this vision and accelerate state energy plan goals by helping its 51 muni and co-op customers harness DERs in innovative ways. NYPA engaged Vrinda to help it achieve key strategic objectives. Vrinda delivered the following:

  • Vrinda is helping with NYPA Edge a program to implement value based DER business models with NYPA customers and building a NY REV market based approaches 

  • Support development of NYPA Edge architecture and roadmap

  • Prepared a white paper outlining key drivers, opportunities, benefits, values and platform capability architecture for NYPA in implementing REV.

  • Established a high-level model to estimate DER value streams, and used the model to identify DER values for muni/state customers.

  • Developed NYPA Edge four dimensional platform architecture to engage with NYPA and Municipal customers with value based product and services

Cemig Distribuição S/A (Cemig) is one of the largest electric utilities in Brazil with over 12 million customers. Cemig serves customers in the Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro states. Vrinda is conducting technical assistance to Cemig in a project funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency, "Development of Large Scale Interconnection, Integration, and Management Capability for Distributed Energy Resources." The project will achieve the following objectives:

  • Define the scope of anticipated DER penetration, specifically for solar PV interconnection within Cemig's distribution network.

  • Quantify the impact of large scale DER penetration on the distribution network.

  • Benchmark and prepare case studies from U.S. utilities detailing the impact of integrating and interconnecting large scale renewables on utility distribution networks.

  • Present tools, products, and services available from U.S. companies and vendors to address technical and operational challenges associated with large scale penetration of DERs.

  • Develop the scope of technical, business, regulatory, and operational requirements associated with large scale penetration, interconnection, and integration of DERs.

  • Prepare the specifications and functional design for a Distributed Energy Resources Management (DERMS) platform and an Advanced Distribution Analytics (ADA) system.

  • Prepare an Implementation Plan for the DERMS platform and the ADA system, capturing all technical requirements

Burlington Electric (BED), a 100% renewable Muni, appointed Vrinda to lead Utility 2.0 transformation and create a net-zero utility with DERs. Vrinda created the following value:

  • Developed and assessed BED's existing DSP capabilities.

  • Developed a roadmap for Utility 2.0 transformation, considering organizational capabilities, technology landscape, and city goals and priorities.

  • Developed DER valuation and financing models and evaluated the system value of different DER options.

  • Identified the DERs that can have the maximum impact towards BED's goals with minimum costs.

  • Helped redefine BED's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) approach to include DER-led forecasting and planning.

ISA SA is Latin American Corporation operating in 8 countries. It carries out its activities through 33 companies in four lines of business Electric Energy TransportRoad ConcessionsTelecommunications Transport and Real-Time Systems Management.. ISA, the largest transmission company of Latin America. ISA with total asset base of ~US $ 13 billion.

Vrinda supported ISA in analyzing global trends in the technology and business models and associated disruption in Utility industry to develop ISA 2030/ 2050 corporate strategy. Vrinda is a trusted advisor to leadership and board of ISA.

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Green Mountain Power (GMP), a leader in DER innovation, hired Vrinda to find alternative business models and technologies to manage distributed resources. In this project, Vrinda:

  • Conducted an assessment of GMP’s capabilities to understand how GMP can best become an energy services provider.

  • Identified platform and DER technologies, control strategies, and integration options to manage DERs.

  • Identified utility and non-utility strategies to capture DER markets.

  • Provided analysis of customer engagement strategies to increase penetration of DERs.

  • Identified approaches to monetize the value of DERs through a platform model.