NRG Energy has a secretive distributed energy optimization platform, called SpaceTag

Jeff St. John reports in Greentech Media (gtm) about A stealthy, in-house analytics effort by NRG that will link a 60-megawatt energy efficiency, demand response and thermal storage deployment for Southern California Edison. NRG is a member of the International District Energy Association (IDEA).

What’s the best combination of distributed resources for every building in Southern California Edison’s 5.2 million customer service territory — and what’s it worth to each customer?

NRG Energy says its new SpaceTag platform can provide the answer to these questions across a changing portfolio of properties and technologies, down to the individual building address. Now it’s putting the secretive data analytics engine to its first test — gathering 60 megawatts of flexible clean energy capacity for key parts of SCE’s Orange County and Los Angeles power grid.

On Thursday, NRG officially began seeking out commercial and industrial customers interested in taking part in this massive behind-the-meter grid flexibility procurement. The Princeton, N.J.-based energy giant is one of many companies, including Stem, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, SunPower, and AES Energy Storage, that won bids to provide capacity as part of SCE’s 2014 distributed energy procurement, with delivery set for the end of the decade.

NRG had already laid out its three main technology offerings to meet its SCE commitments, making Thursday’s list unsurprising. First, it’s working with startup Ice Energy to install up to 25 megawatts of its ice-making, load-shifting air conditioning systems. Second, it’s teaming up with Lockheed Martin Energy to achieve up to 30 megawatts of peak load reduction through commercial HVAC, industrial refrigeration, process cooling, compressors and lighting. Third, it’s launching a demand response program aimed at 5 megawatts of commercial and industrial load.  More….

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EDITOR: Leonard Phillips, IDEA Director of Business Development, International District Energy Association (IDEA), a nonprofit association founded in 1909. len.idea@districtenergy.org; +1 508-366-9339.
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