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Greg Wassel

Greg Wassel understands that grid optimization is key to our industry’s future. He is responsible for identifying new and innovative approaches to integrated demand side management programs, forging partnerships with industry-leading companies to enhance operations and developing new products and services for clients. Greg also leads our grid optimization product line and monitors demand response and other distributed resources program performance, ensuring quality every time. Greg supports our existing clients and business development teams by conducting regular best practice and innovation meetings to ensure that each client is kept up to date regarding the rapidly changing demand side management industry. He has a master’s degree in geography from the University of Georgia and is a certified energy manager (CEM).
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TOU Rates + Solar + Storage = New Innovations for Grid Optimization

Time-of-use (TOU) rates mean customers pay more for electricity when demand is higher and less in time periods that it is lower. They’re a great way to encourage people to use less energy at peak times, and more and more utilities across the United States are using TOU plans to help smooth load profiles. In California, for instance, time-variable rates will be the default by next year.

Grid Optimization: What Does it Mean?

Grid optimization—a fairly new term that you might be unfamiliar with—includes three major components: demand response, the management of distributed energy resources, and the implementation of non-wire alternative programs. Franklin Energy is working hard to evolve with the changing needs of utilities and end-use customers by developing innovative programs and products. We are breaking down silos within the industry and integrating new technologies, focusing more than ever on providing grid optimization services for our clients. Let’s take a deeper dive into each element to get a better feel for our vision of the future of our industry.

Opportunities and Challenges for Distributed Energy Resources

For over a decade, consumers have had the ability to bypass utilities and generate their own power through rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DERs). So it’s not a surprise that utilities see the integration of DERs as both a challenge and an opportunity.

New Strategies for Supporting Supermarkets in Demand Response Participation

When you walk into a supermarket, it’s never silent. There are usually squeaking carts being pushed, children asking their parents for candy, and cashiers making small talk with the shoppers. However, even if you were to be the only person standing in the store, it still wouldn’t be quiet. You would be able to hear the buzz of the lights overhead and the humming given off by the vast amount of appliances used to keep food fresh. With aisle after aisle of electricity-hogging refrigerators and freezers, supermarkets seem like they would be demand-response program superstars. And yet, few grocers participate in utilities’ demand-response initiatives.

Summer Demand Response Programs Can be Effective for Small Businesses

A study of 78 small offices, restaurants and retail outlets in Sacramento, California, showed an overwhelmingly positive response to an integrated energy-efficiency/demand-response program for hot summer days.

The Summer Solutions study was conducted by the Demand Response Research Center and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in the summer of 2008. It was designed to provide a better understanding of demand-response and communicating-thermostat issues for small businesses with minimal energy usage (less than 20 kilowatts per day).

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Want to stay abreast of regulatory updates, inspiring innovations and thought leadership related to grid optimization? Welcome to our blog, where Franklin Energy’s experts come to delve into everything you need to know to stay at the top of your game in our ever-changing environment.

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