Examples Of Our Work

Designing first-of-a-kind, proof-of-concept projects, Olivine has developed unique approaches, especially relating to behind-the-meter challenges. See some of our work.

Richmond Advanced Energy Community


Olivine is working with the City of Richmond to develop an Energy Assurance Plan and design a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) program to increase energy resiliency, lower energy costs and open new revenue streams for the community. In coordination with a diverse stakeholder group of community members, we are cataloging energy resources, identifying risks to energy supply and developing DER deployments to increase energy resiliency throughout the community. Olivine is also working with Marin Clean Energy (MCE) and Pacific Gas and Electric to develop a DER program that will open new value streams for city residents by aggregating community DERs for participation in retail programs and wholesale markets for demand response. This program has a special emphasis on developing opportunities for low-income residents. It is funded through an Advanced Energy Community grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and is being delivered in partnership with the ZNE Alliance.

Supply-side Pilot Project

This project works in collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric to foster  the participation of demand response in the CAISO wholesale market using the Proxy Demand Resource (PDR) product. As Pilot administrator and CAISO Scheduling Coordinator (SC), Olivine is making market participation accessible with scheduling coordinator and DRP services including training, documentation and support. The SSP puts demand response squarely in the action, enabling bidding and settlement with the market based on performance. Monthly capacity payments provide a consistent source of revenue for all customers that fulfill monthly pilot requirements.

Las Positas Community College Microgrid


Olivine and partners are working to develop a microgrid at the Las Positas Community College campus in Livermore as well as an economic model that incorporates both revenue from grid services with demand charge management. Olivine will integrate its technology platform with Geli solutions to demonstrate market interactions in a simulation environment and prove that the economic model works. This project is funded through an EPIC grant from the California Energy Commission.

Excess Supply Project

In a simulation environment, Olivine is working with Pacific Gas and Electric to test the capabilities of our DER Management Platform to deal with excess supply that can be created by distributed energy resources during certain times of the day. This project is conducting a variety of tests and analyses to form the basis of the development of a Xcess Supply Product (XSP). Under this scenario, a customer would be paid to consume in order to shift the demand to times when there is high availability of renewables.

Community Solar


This collaborative effort to grow markets for community shared solar is funded by SunShot Market Pathways program. The High-Value Integrated Community Solar Project, led by the San Francisco-area energy consulting and analytics firm Extensible Energy, LLC, is engaging the Sacramento (California) Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Albuquerque, New Mexico-based PNM, and other utilities nationwide in the development and build-out of a new business model for community solar. Olivine is supporting technical, marketing, and utility-industry expertise.

DRAM

In 2016, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) launched the first ever Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot. The project uses an open bidding process to enable the IOUs to secure enough demand response (DR) resources to meet their resource adequacy (RA) requirements for peak demand. Olivine is working to help demand-side resources achieve their grid services value through cost-effective integration. We believe a successful DRAM will catalyze new, clean energy resources and create a transformation of the electric grid.

Lancaster Advanced Energy Community


Olivine is working with the City of Lancaster and Lancaster Choice Energy to develop tools and new business models for the widespread deployment of Distributed Energy Resources to help achieve aggressive targets for the City to become 100%  Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020. Olivine is developing a Community DER Valuation Framework to determine the value of DERs to inform cost-effective resource deployments throughout the community. These deployments include both those pursued directly by the City and other deployments for local businesses and residents. This work is funded through an Advanced Energy Community grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and is being delivered in partnership with the ZNE Alliance.

iCharge Forward Pilot Project


Partnering with BMW’s electric (EV) division, Olivine is supporting a program to provide rebates to BMW customers for allowing their EV batteries to be used during peak times for grid services. This project will help determine parameters for managed charging versus V2G charging business models. Olivine provides the aggregation, evaluation, integration and interface between the EVSE,Pacific Gas and Electric, and CAISO.

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