Submitted to Wonderware PGE's Dispatchable Generation (DSG) program in an open global competition receiving Hall of Fame as one of top 16 customer stories and awards globally for 8 straight years. Factory IQ was PGE's solution provider and consultant implementing the nations leading dispatchable generation energy resource system that produces over 100MW as a utility grade lowest cost resource peaking power demand response system. Today after 10 years in operation the system connects to 85 remote customer assets (20,000 data points scanned every second) consisting of stand-by generators, PV solar, and biogas plant integrated into PGE's and BPA Dittmer's control centers. The DSG system was also a key player that participated in the $178M Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demo Project along with 11 other utilities connecting to a 5MW 1.25MWh lithium battery storage facility in Salem, Oregon. The system also connects into real-time to 13.5 MW thin-film solar projects that monitors advanced inverters (sensing voltage and current in panels, arrays and strings) providing power generation to several Prologis logistics warehouses and solar farms in Portland, Oregon
The customer DSG solution additionally received 2006 Peak Alliance Management Award, 2008 Best HMI/SCADA, 2009 Solar Pioneer Award from the Oregon Department of Energy and several front page articles from Control Engineering, Power Engineering, and Solar Magazines. As a result of program, awards, and the work done by the PGE team was recognized by NBC Nightly News and the NY Times.
The GWAC council awarded Factory IQ the Gridwise Applied Award for a project demonstrating the complexity of virtual power plant and microgrid aggregating geographically distributed using customers standby generators, solar PV, biogas and energy renewable assets into a coherent virtual power dispatching plant and scada control management system. The project integrates many different vendor power products, MV equipment, generator control packages, breakers, protective relay, power quality metering, programmable controllers, legacy equipment from different vendors. the project highlights the interoperability and common object architecture integrated into utility control centers applying the principles espoused by the GWAC.
The GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC) was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy that promotes and enables interoperability among the many entities that interact with the nation's electric power system. The (GWAC) council is a team of industry leaders from electric utilities, labs, government bodies, and providers who are shaping the guiding principles, and/or architecture, of a highly intelligent and interactive electric utility grid systemwith actionable data decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities.
Working with the utility and project team the DSG program featuring the virtual power plant (VPP) received several industry prestigious awards. Several trade magazine articles were published by Control Engineering, Wonderware, International Society of Automation, Electric Energy T&D, Sandia National Labs, ISS, and several other top trade journals. The dispatchable standby generation (DSG) virtual power plant (VPP) developed by Factory IQ ( recently changed to Asset PerformiX) enabled the utility to grow to over 120 MW. The utility program with its customer assets had the lowest power cost in the integrated resource plan (IRP) saving 1200%, monitoring customer assets with real-time visual data management reducing O & M by 85% with a cost savings of $25K per generator over a 3-5 year period.