The two companies claim to have brought the full suite of services needed to implement smart grid projects under one roof
Advisian, the advisory arm of WorleyParsons, and UpGrid, a Boston-based start-up specialising in smart grid development and energy policy, have formed a partnership to deliver comprehensive smart energy solutions.
Advisian/WorleyParsons brings a 130+ year history in the power sector and global presence with extensive expertise in engineering, project management, construction, operations and maintenance of energy systems, and consulting on energy infrastructure.
Meanwhile, UpGrid founding member Andrea Ruotolo has taken part in managing the stakeholder engagement process and new policy development for New York State’s REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Proceeding, one of the nation’s leading smart grid initiatives.
Following work in REV, UpGrid advised microgrid pilot projects and managed smart grid initiatives in New York, New England, and Latin America.
Ruotolo commented: “Using the approaches that we have developed with the REV Proceeding and NY Prize, and with strategic innovation management, backed by WorleyParsons’ capacity to deliver everything from technical advisory services to complete turnkey solutions, we have brought under one roof the full suite of services needed to fully implement smart grid projects, from the initial concept all the way through operations of a completed project, whether large scale or distributed."
Smartening the grid and integrating Distributed Energy Systems (DES) in buildings is not a simple process. For instance, microgrids are recognised as an important part of the grid of the future, but today there’s an average of five or more different companies needed for the construction of a single microgrid.
The companies point out that at the level of townships and cities, utilities, and large buildings, significant changes in the electricity systems impact multiple actors, and aligning interests across the various stakeholders is the key to capturing the full benefits these new technologies offer.
As important as the social, business, and electrical benefits of a microgrid system are, arriving at fully aligned interests is not always an easy task.
"In working with UpGrid, we are now able to provide an experienced and qualified team who can offer everything from needs assessment, including financial, environmental and energy, financial modelling and business review, through the design, procurement, construction, installation and O&M processes, along with providing training - all under one management team,” said Steve Schwartz, practice lead at Advisian. “This eliminates the difficulties found in dealing with multiple organisations."
The new Advisian-UpGrid partnership offers those with energy infrastructure challenges their first real opportunity to engage with a one-stop-shop entity dedicated to addressing their specific needs, making the entire process simple, seamless and easy.
Ruotolo added: "One of the main findings of New York’s REV Proceeding was that a single provider to manage the full process of energy infrastructure innovation did not exist, and that there is a strong demand for a provider of comprehensive solutions."
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