Midwest ISO Deploys UISOL’s DRBizNet Demand Response Management System
Lafayette, Cal. (Sept. 20, 2010) — Utility Integration Solutions, Inc. (UISOL), the utility industry integration specialist and the leading provider of demand response management systems (DRMS), today announced the successful commissioning of its DRBizNetTM DRMS software to serve as the technology platform for the Midwest Independent System Operator’s (Midwest ISO) system-wide demand response (DR) program.
The DRBizNet software was configured for Indiana-based Midwest ISO to simplify and streamline interaction between market operators and wholesale market participants with an emphasis towards Aggregation of Retail Customers (ARC). The software provides functionalities for creating locations, enrolling them into various markets, orchestrating DR events, collecting meter data, calculating baselines, and producing accurate settlements. The meter data is used in calculating market participants compensation for their participation in the DR activities.
Midwest ISO’s service territory includes all or parts of thirteen U.S. states stretching from Ohio to Montana, as well as Canadian province Manitoba. Midwest ISO is responsible for ensuring the reliable transmission of 100,000 MW of energy throughout its regions and serves as one of the world’s largest energy markets.
“The Midwest ISO team is focused on reducing the barriers to entry that DR resources encounter when participating in wholesale electricity markets,” said UISOL vice president Nemat Sarnevesht. “Now the Midwest ISO and its participants have a tool that simplifies the management of dynamic market rules, evolving DR business processes, and rapidly changing resource characteristics – taking a big step in that barrier removal challenge.”
DRBizNet is officially deployed in production at Midwest ISO, enabling market participants to enroll demand response resources, in anticipation of the opening of demand response markets pending FERC approval.
About the Midwest ISO
The Midwest ISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to power lines in 13 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. The Midwest ISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets, clearing nearly $23 billion in energy transactions annually. The Midwest ISO was approved as the nation’s first regional transmission organization (RTO) in 2001. The non-profit 501(C)(4) organization is governed by an independent Board of Directors, and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, with operations centers in Carmel and St. Paul, Minnesota. Membership in the organization is voluntary. For more information, visit www.midwestmarket.org.
Utility Integration Solutions, Inc. (UISOL) is the utility industry business integration specialist. UISOL offers a range of services and integration solutions to help its clients transform their business performance through the power of smart integration for demand response, smart grid, advanced metering, meter data management, market operations and more. UISOL DRBizNet is the leading software platform for demand response management and the integration of distributed energy resources in the utility industry. Visit www.uisol.com or call 925-939-0449.