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West Monroe Partners, a North American business and technology consulting firm, has announced the launch of ConnecttheGrid, a software platform designed and implemented to help utilities and municipalities manage the growing number of distributed generation (DG) technologies within their jurisdictions.

The company says its cloud-based ConnecttheGrid platform serves as an online resource for applicants to learn about requirements and then submit and track the status of their application. The tool also allows utilities to efficiently process applications, as well as monitor and accurately forecast DG resource performance to deliver stable and reliable grid operations.

“The recent growth of distributed generation resources brings a new set of challenges for electric distribution utilities and new opportunities for the end-users,” says Tom Hulsebosch, managing director of West Monroe Partners’ Energy & Utilities practice. “With existing state renewable portfolio goals and the Climate Action Plan recently announced by President [Barack] Obama, we expect to see accelerated DG growth, which could put a strain on utilities unprepared to handle the influx of businesses and consumers requesting to add DG to the grid.

“Utilities need a solution that seamlessly integrates these new resources into their networks and operational systems,” Hulsebosch continues. “When this is accomplished - utilities will be able to safely and reliably handle the increase in DG without impacting grid stability.”

More information on ConnecttheGrid is available here.



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