applied knowledge of  big data
to power the future grid


Managing the evolving electric grid requires spatial and temporal visibility across every asset on the system.

The disaggregation of top-down data, cobbled together from disparate operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems, can no longer support the real time integration of distributed energy resources (DERs), locational resource planning requirements or the transactional revenue models of the future grid. Utilities need a business analytics platform to bridge the OT/IT convergence.

A Single Source of Truth Across the Enterprise

The PowerRunner Energy Platform is an intuitive business-centric application that joins disparate internal and external, time-series data sources resulting in a single source of truth across the enterprise. With drag and drop functionality, business users can create customized analytical applications to support operational and executive dashboards with real time actionable data.

How Will Utilities Integrate Distributed Energy Resources?

The intermittent nature of DERs requires Distribution System Operators (DSOs) to have near-real time net load and generation data for each DER asset. In order to physically integrate these intermittent assets while maintaining system fidelity, DSOs must forecast the net load or generation for all system assets to determine the impact of these interacting micro transactions.

Sub-hourly Load and Generation Forecasts for all Assets Provides Near-real Time Visibility

The PowerRunner micro forecasting solution, ForRunner, provides DSOs with load and generation forecast data for every asset on the distribution system in the spatial and temporal granularity required to support operational decision management. This bottom up approach allows business users to aggregate asset forecasts by circuit, substation, or other spatial attributes to analyze the impacts of DER assets on other local system assets.

How Will Distribution Operators Plan for Locational Resource Requirements?

Locational Resource Planning necessitates that DSOs evaluate the impact of load and generation growth and DER penetration on all distribution system assets. Forecasted system asset load and generation and downstream coincident peak data is essential to support system planners with temporal, spatial and conditional asset information to assess current and future system asset loading.

Combining OT and IT to Support the Dynamic Localized Resource Requirements of an Evolving Grid

The inherent modeling capabilities of ForRunner provides system planners with the capability to dynamically model local resource requirements based upon actual historical and forecasted load, as well as any DER data for each local circuit. These forecasted localized resource requirement plans informs the DSO or other market participants of the need for system investments, DER deployments, or a combination of resources to meet local requirements.

How will the transition to a Transactive Energy Platform Impact Utility Revenues?

As the industry moves toward a transactive revenue model, settlement of micro transactions at distribution locational market pricing (DLMP) becomes a new requirement of the DSO. Additional transactive revenues from the settlement of these micro transactions along with fixed cost recovery through grid charges is disrupting the current utility rate and revenue models. To dynamically assess these evolving pricing models, utilities need a solution that analyzes cost of service vs. revenues across all customers and ensure a sufficient rate of return to the company.

Energy Can Neither be Created or Destroyed
But it is Always Settled

PowerRunner’s revenue analytics module, RevRunner, and rate modeling engine, RateRunner, provide DSOs with the applications needed to continually evaluate the impacts of changing revenue models. Combined with PowerRunner’s Energy Platform and ForRunner modules, PowerRunner’s suite of solutions are the keystones of a Transactive Energy Platform.