PowerSecure joined MDV-SEIA as a Silver Sponsor for the 7th annual Solar Focus Conference. MDV-SEIA is proud to partner on this event with PowerSecure, a longtime supporter of the organization’s efforts and an active solar stakeholder in the Mid-Atlantic. We had a chance to catch up with the PowerSecure’s team to learn more about the company and their thoughts on East Coast solar.
MDV-SEIA: Tell us a little bit about your company
PowerSecure: PowerSecure was founded in 2001, and has a core focus of providing energy solutions for utilities and their largest customers. Our reputation in distributed generation has been built around delivering the most reliable standby generation systems in the US market, for which we can boast a third-party verified 98% reliability rating. This level of performance is important considering that most of this distributed generation is operated on behalf of their owners for Demand Response programs. Utilities also benefit through these programs, which are designed to decrease the need for spinning reserves, the dirtiest of sources on the grid. In 2012 PowerSecure expanded its renewable distributed generation offerings into solar through acquisition; PowerSecure also has and will continue to conduct landfill gas-to-energy, small wind, and combined heat and power projects. In addition to a strong portfolio of DG work, we are also home to a Utility Services division which works for some of the largest utilities in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as an Energy Efficiency division which supports many of the providers in the ESCO market.
MDV-SEIA: What markets do you operate in?
PowerSecure: PowerSecure performs work through all three of its Divisions across the US and in the Caribbean.
MDV-SEIA: What opportunities do you see for distributed solar on the East Coast?
PowerSecure: PowerSecure’s success in the distributed generation market has revolved around our ability to parallel assets with prime power, and operate them remotely. Our understanding of dispatchable as well as renewable sources and our experience in utility infrastructure flesh out the suite of services we can offer institutional clients who can place a value on this level of resiliency. This places us in a strong position as interest in microgrids continues to increase. For those clients who would like to go further and retrofit existing facilities to be Net-Zero energy consumers, our energy efficiency fulfillment group rounds out the capabilities needed to offer these type of solutions, turn-key.
MDV-SEIA: What challenges do you see?
PowerSecure: As grid congestion increases, utility requirements for the interconnection of intermittent sources will grow more stringent. We see this challenge as an opportunity. PowerSecure is uniquely positioned through its experience with dispatchable sources as well as power distribution to match solar PV sources with other assets and controls to increase, rather than decrease, the value these clean, renewable generation sources provide to the grid.
MDV-SEIA: Whether east Coast or West Coast, which state/utility level programs or policies do you see as being a good model for others to follow?
PowerSecure: We have seen a number of approaches, from utility-owned assets to requests for off-take of RECs only. To be healthy long-term, our industry needs to move past subsidies like RECs, FITs and PBIs. These markets overheat even when they cause growth, and none are sustainable. PowerSecure’s interest is in solar assets that are designed and built to last, and programs which commoditize this part of the supply stream will be detrimental to the health of the utility and solar industries in the long run. Our goal should be a resilient grid which meets customer’s needs, including cleaner power, and responds to their usage, whether through generation or load management and efficiency. The utilities which have long-term vision are already moving, and buying solar on good terms now, as a hedge for the future, regardless of policy. We look forward to working in this space for a long time to come.
PowerSecure International, Inc. is a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides products and services in the areas of Interactive Distributed Generation ® (IDG®), energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company is a pioneer in developing IDG® power systems with sophisticated smart grid capabilities, including the ability to 1) forecast electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly, power at peak power times, 2) provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation capacity to utilize for demand response purposes and 3) provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. Its proprietary distributed generation system designs utilize a range of technologies to deliver power, including renewables. The company’s energy efficiency business develops energy efficient lighting technologies that improve the quality of light, including its proprietary EfficientLights® LED lighting products for grocery, drug and convenience stores, and its SecureLite area light and PowerLite street lights for utilities and municipalities. PowerSecure also provides electric utilities with transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance and construction services, and engineering and regulatory consulting services.
Additional information is available at www.powersecure.com.
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