The GridSynergy Platform: Oh, the Places It’ll Go!

By Jason Goodhand, Director of Business Development | January 4, 2017

More than a year ago, I was an ENGIE employee working on new business initiatives in Houston. Looking into the energy storage business, my colleagues and I reached the conclusion that Green Charge’s platform, experience, and existing customer portfolio would give ENGIE the best chances of success in the North American commercial energy storage market. Not only was its Power Efficiency Agreement (PEA™) attractive to customers, but its energy storage intelligence would allow us to provide ENGIE customers with more comprehensive and cost-effective solutions.

Today, as Green Charge’s director of business development, I’m happy to report that our instincts were on target. Recently, when Lockheed Martin developed and installed a 1 MW/1.4 MWh battery at its Syracuse, New York facility, it asked ENGIE to schedule ancillary services into the market through the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), the state’s competitive wholesale electricity operator. While ENGIE’s 24-hour desk handles the market scheduling functions, Green Charge’s GridSynergy software platform provides the direct interface to the battery storage system, automating the actual discharge to the grid.

The GridSynergy Platform has always been the core of the Green Charge commercial energy storage solution, not only as the intelligence behind the battery charge and discharge functions, but also as an integration point for solar-plus-storage systems and front-of-the meter programs, such as demand response. Now that Green Charge is part of the ENGIE family, the GridSynergy Platform has a key role to play alongside other services such as energy supply, utility expense and data management, on-site generation, energy efficiency and facility optimization.

In short, many more customers will now be exposed to the benefits of the intelligent GridSynergy Platform. I believe they—and the grid as a whole—will be better off for it, as power efficiency (through energy storage) is really the next frontier for energy cost savings and improved energy reliability.