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The Utility of the Future: New Technology, New Utility Programs, and New Services

Abstract

To enable the smart grid future and enable utility customers to participate in modern programs such as advanced facility analytics, advanced interactive programs such as peak load management, time of day pricing, demand response, and also do so with new sources of power such as PV solar, wind, battery energy storage and others collectively known as distributed energy resources or DERs new tools are required.  The Consumers Energy Virtual Energy Engineer™ “CE VEE” collection of technologies and services achieves such a mandate.


By constructing a cyber secure cloud hosted technology core platform the customer site is enabled with a more secure less overhead IT burden.  By supporting electric, natural gas, chilled water, and steam utility metering, the CE VEE the platform can not only provide whole site metering and sub metering, but also enable advanced analytics supporting such programs as facility optimization, LEED and ISO 50001 reporting, and measure and verification of energy conservation investments and give customers a competitive edge as they manage their daily facility operations.

By providing customer team members dashboard tools that support peak load management, demand response, and various microgrid programs customers are enabled to participate in new demand side management programs that allow flexibility of how they interact with their utility and utility programs not just here and now, but also in the future transactional power pricing paradigms of the smart grid.  Consumers Energy is building the utility of the future with advanced tools to enable customers to be more efficient, and also prepare for the future.

Presented By

Glenn Remington
Architect
Consumer Energy

Glenn Remington is an AEE member and Certified Energy Manager since 2015, ASHRAE member serving Technical Committee 7.5 Smart Building Systems since 2001 and presently serving with an ASHRAE Presidential committee appointment for a new ASHRAE Smart Grid Applications Guide.  Mr.

Remington graduated from Ferris State University with Bachelor of Science in HVAC Engineering and is currently in graduate studies at University of Detroit Mercy – Masters of Science in Product Development program focusing on complex systems architecture and model based system engineering.

Professionally, for his day job, Mr. Remington serves as platform architect for the Consumers Energy Virtual Energy Engineer™ which functions as bridge between smart grid and smart building utility programs and services for commercial and industrial customers.  By offering a holistic suite of technology and services ranging from advanced metering monitoring and analytics, peak load management and demand response tool sets, and microgrid support including renewables and battery energy storage from a cyber secure protocol compliant cloud hosted environment with browser based customer interface, Mr. Remington is helping Consumers Energy construct the utility of the future while serving our customers today with advanced programs.