Avista, Duke Energy Invest in Grid Edge Software Technology to Deliver Benefits to Customers
- January 11, 2019
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- Investment will create first collaborative, utility-led development of "open source" software for utility smart grid platforms
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This marks the first time multiple utilities have collaborated to create open source software, spurring innovation and creating a new market for this technology.
"This groundbreaking approach to meeting the needs of utility customers in the future will allow unrivaled creativity and thinking around energy management solutions, forever changing how technology interacts with utility grid systems, and ultimately paving the way for more control and information management for the utility customer of the future," says
This partnership builds upon the Duke Energy Emerging Technology Office's (ETO) pioneering work to explore open grid standards through the creation of the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB(TM)).
"Imagine our entire utility grid operating in a similar way to a smart phone operating system - flexible, useful and resilient. Through this partnership, we will make that type of system available for the energy grid, putting more tools in the hands of our customers," said
The software will use interoperability concepts and distributed intelligence, allowing utilities to more efficiently integrate, coordinate and optimize diverse assets. This includes the energy grid, traditional and renewable generation, customer assets and more.
OES will make the software available to users in an open source format, promoting widespread adoption and support for this software as many utilities make upgrades to the energy grid. Duke Energy and Avista's investment in OES will help to expedite the creation of the first version of the software.
OES, founded by the
"When we formed OES, we saw a potential opportunity to transform an industry," said
This work builds upon the industry's progress in modernizing the power grid and will help utilities of all sizes access systems that may have been out of reach - ultimately delivering more options to customers.
"We see this as an opportunity to fill a gap the industry has previously been unable to fill with more traditional centralized software solutions," said