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SSP Refinements

October 9th, 2015 by Erich Huffaker

We are making some updates to the SSP! The following changes will be made effective Thursday, October 1, 2015, with all other aspects of the pilot to remain the same.

1) Remove the requirement to bid at the NBT
Qualifying bid blocks may now be at any price between the NBT and the price ceiling to count towards the capacity payment. There is no requirement to make half of the block bids at the NBT.

2) Increase capacity price to $10/kW-month
The current capacity price of $6/kW-month will be increased to $10/kW-month effective October 1st, 2015.

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Are you ready to take advantage of the DRAM? 

October 6th, 2015 by Stacey Hobart

California is gearing up for the Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) Pilot this fall. The DRAM will use an open bidding process to enable the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to secure enough demand response (DR) resources to meet their resource adequacy (RA) requirements for peak demand. Participants will be able to monetize their load flexibility in new ways and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) will have help balancing and integrating the growing number of renewables. Read more about the DRAM and Olivine’s services

SSP incorporates real-time market participation

September 4th, 2015 by Robert W. Anderson

Olivine, through PG&E’s SSP Pilot has enabled capabilities for real time market operations allowing Participants to bid into the real time market and receive dispatches with 5 minutes notification periods using Olivine’s infrastructure.  The participation of behind-the-meter resources in the market as demand response illustrates the variety of capabilities and services demand side resources can provide to the grid.

Stem, one of the participants in the SSP, posted this news release: Stem launches real-time energy sales in California ISO energy market.

New post on the DERP Proposal

July 29th, 2015 by Olivine Team

This month, the CAISO Board of Governors approved the Distributed Energy Resource Provider Proposal.  Having followed these efforts closely — and having fielded many questions about it — we wrote a blog post on the proposal, how it helps, and what further work there is to do.

The full post is available here: DERP Proposal Takes Step to Ease Market Access Challenges.

CAISO Market Basics Training Posted

March 11th, 2015 by Olivine Team

In 2014, Olivine provided training to IRM2 participants on CAISO market basics.  Today we have posted the slides to help others generally interested in the wholesale market.

These slides cover markets, models, PDR, bids, and measurement standards. It also touches on NGR.

To view the slides, click here: CAISO Market Basics.

OpenADR 2.0b Certification

March 6th, 2015 by Olivine Team

Olivine is excited to annount that Olivine DER achieved OpenADR 2.0b certification this week:

Olivine DER is a comprehensive distributed energy resource management system designed to lower costs and realize the value of DERs. It is used by utilities, demand response and other service providers, and resource owners providing solutions for distribution and transmission programs and services. This highly configurable system enables wholesale market and retail participation as well as operational simulation running the gamut from longer term capacity procurements down to real-time frequency regulation integration. The Olivine DER OpenADR module utilizes OpenADR 2.0b for standards-compliant integration with resources for control and telemetry.

Full information is available on the OpenADR web site.

Olivine assisting SDG&E on EV Integration at CAISO

February 25th, 2015 by Olivine Team

Olivine is pleased to announce our involvement on an important project for California, where San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has successfully integrated EV and storage into the CAISO energy and non-spinning reserves markets. Besides being among the first to integrate electric vehicles into the state’s energy markets, the project is identifying both barriers and best practices for future, large scale integration and interaction of dispatchable distributed energy resources with wholesale markets, and creating tools to evaluate growth opportunities for those resources.

In this ongoing project, Olivine provides CAISO with market interfaces for dispatch and end-to-end real-time telemetry aggregation using the Olivine DER System. In addition, Olivine provides ongoing guidance on wholesale market resource formation, bidding, charging, and baseline strategies to enhance market participation. This role will continue as the project progresses into other ancillary services.

For the SDG&E press release, click here:

SSP Residential and XSP Kickoff Meeting Scheduled

February 5th, 2015 by Olivine Team

The KickOff Meeting for residential  participation of the Supply-side Pilot (SSP) and the Excess Supply Pilot has been scheduled. We ask that attendees arrive early for a brief registration process

February 25th, 2015 – 9:30-12:30  (Registration at 9:00am)
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

For more details on the SSP, visit:

For more details on the XSP, visit:

SSP C&I Kickoff Meeting

January 12th, 2015 by Erich Huffaker

The KickOff Meeting for the C&I participants of the Supply-side Pilot (SSP) has been scheduled. We ask that attendees arrive early for a brief registration process

January 30th, 2015 – 10am-12pm (Registration at 9:30am)
Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

For more details on the SSP, visit:

Update on PG&E’s Supply-side Pilot

December 18th, 2014 by Erich Huffaker

Read about PG&E’s Supply-side Pilot

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