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Advisian, UpGrid partner to offer smart energy solutions

Published 15 August 2017

Advisian, the advisory arm of WorleyParsons and UpGrid have formed a partnership to bring comprehensive smart energy solutions in the US.

New electricity infrastructures in buildings and throughout the grid are getting "smarter," achieving greater cost savings, efficiency, reliability, and resilience. These new technologies hold promise for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, while improving power reliability and energy security. But these new technologies are only part of the answer. Although they provide necessary advances in how we generate and use electricity, they also require a specialized team with expertise and insight into appropriate applications, business models, multi-stakeholder agreements, and equally important, training and technical support.

Given the complexity and uncertainty inherent in energy technology disruption, how can decision makers, such as public officials of towns and cities, utility company executives, or managers of large industrial or commercial assets, stay ahead of the curve? How can they take advantage of this transition to a more distributed "digital grid"? Doing nothing is clearly not an option; inaction carries real risk. But action is also risky, as committing to the wrong investments in fixed assets, business models, or policy structures can be as damaging as ignoring new technologies.

Fortunately, the focus and resources needed to solve these challenges has arrived.

Advisian/WorleyParsons brings to this partnership a 130+ year history in the power sector and global presence with extensive expertise in engineering, project management, construction, operations & maintenance of energy systems, and consulting on energy infrastructure. UpGrid founding member Andrea Ruotolo has taken part in managing the stakeholder engagement process and new policy development for New York State's REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Proceeding, one of the nation's leading smart grid initiatives. Following work in REV, UpGrid advised microgrid pilot projects and managed smart grid initiatives in New York, New England, and Latin America.

According to Ruotolo, "The opportunity to address the challenges of grid disruption with the expertise and capacity of Advisian (part of the WorleyParsons Group) is the most exciting development in our young company's development. Using the approaches that we have developed with the REV Proceeding and 'NY Prize,' and with strategic innovation management, backed by WorleyParsons' capacity to deliver everything from technical advisory services to complete turnkey solutions, we have brought under one roof the full suite of services needed to fully implement smart grid projects, from the initial concept all the way through operations of a completed project, whether large scale or distributed."

Source: Company Press Release