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Premier Alliance Group Inc., a strategic advisory services and solutions firm, has announced that its Energy and Sustainability division has partnered with AutoGrid Systems, a developer of advanced analytics software for the energy industry, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project to demonstrate the performance of AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS) on distributed electrical grids.

The project, which the DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded to AutoGrid and LBNL, will aim to design and demonstrate automated control software that helps manage real-time demand for energy across the electrical grid.

DROMS is a cloud-based demand management service that employs big data analytics, a physics-based model of the grid and information streams from smart meters and other grid assets to accurately predict electricity demand. According to Premier, the near-term forecasts permit utilities, grid operators and large power consumers to securely shift power consumption to meet financial or operational goals.

"This is a very exciting project," says Dave Watson, LBNL’s program manager. "Demand response is evolving from a tool used by utilities in peak power emergencies to a platform for managing the grid on a daily and hourly basis. We are looking forward to collaborating with Auto Grid and Premier Alliance to make this system a reality."


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