Calico Energy, Aclara announce strategic alliance
Relying on standards-based integration and technical design, the two companies are offering a comprehensive demand-response solution to Aclara's more than 500 utility customers, as well as new customers
Seattle and St. Louis, January 19, 2012 — Calico Energy Services and Aclara announced a strategic partnership to provide an integrated set of advanced load control, analytics, and demand response solutions to municipals, cooperative utilities, wholesale power cooperatives and IOU customers.
Relying on standards-based integration and technical design, the two companies are offering a comprehensive demand-response solution to Aclara's more than 500 utility customers, as well as new customers.
Through this partnership, Aclara will use Calico's software systems to create Aclara's Demand Response Management System, which will provide Aclara customers with the ability to perform forecasting, baselining and settlement.
The Aclara DRMS will offer the unique integration capabilities provided by Calico's Enterprise Service Bus to help utility customers mine information from and interact with a broad range of data sources, devices and applications throughout an energy ecosystem.
Utilities will be able to explore what-if scenarios and adjust variables incrementally to identify new opportunities for optimizing energy throughout their grid. Based on these insights, dispatchers can then implement a broad range of demand side management strategies and operational improvements that leverage Aclara's AMI networks.
The Aclara solutions powered by Calico will provide a number of key benefits to utilities, such as:
Significant cost savings – Utilities can lower demand charges and rates through enhanced forecasting and reduced peak load. Unified analytics and control minimizes administrative time, while new baselining and settlement capabilities enable true pay-for-performance incentive payments.
Valuable insight – Aclara's utilities will gain access to an interactive visual display that allows staff across operational groups to layer and compare diverse data sets in a configurable dashboard. This extensive data collection and analytics capability provides valuable insights, such as when to call events, how to better manage load, and the ability to isolate and manage problems.
Improved consumer management and experience – With a single cohesive view of customers, devices and programs, utilities can improve and expand customer services.
Consumer empowerment – Improved notification and opt-out services will also further enhance consumer satisfaction.
Aclara and Calico intend to deliver an integrated solution that will provide a low-risk, affordable option for demand response and load control programs with fast rollout capabilities. Power providers will gain a single, flexible platform for a broad portfolio of load-reduction programs as well as the ability to expand control devices and support future needs.