Energizing Co. believes that providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy is key to a better quality of life in any community.
Energizing Co. is a developer of smart energy infrastructure that enables municipal utilities to operate more efficiently and to provide cleaner, higher quality and more resilient electricity services for their customers. The Company’s utility distributed microgrid projects (UDMs) link together distribution-tied power generation – controlled real-time by an energy management system – creating a resilient grid with improved power quality, allowing for integration of large-scale intermittent renewable power projects such as wind and solar as well as electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage integration. The Company has a unique approach to development and deployment.
- Proprietary custom UDM investment model supporting initial system audit and cost/benefit analysis for proposed new UDM project
- Exclusive teaming agreements with leading technology providers bringing their microgrid platforms to our first projects in Canada
- A demonstrated community engagement methodology that ensures an early and thorough involvement of stakeholders in the project development process
Energizing Co. believes that all energy is local and therefore has developed a variety of engagement models that we bring to the communities in which we develop projects. We work with local governments, utilities, and citizen groups to develop and deploy communication strategies and organize workshops designed to inform and engage all stakeholders – we encourage thinking and discussion about the future of the community as a whole. We're all in this together.
'Microgrid as Building Block' Market Strategy
Energizing Co. has approached the market by developing community-scale ‘building block’ projects in areas where intermittent renewables have exceeded 20% of local peak load creating grid stability issues. These challenges can only be resolved through community-wide integration of all intelligent nodes, with distributed generation and energy storage systems installed strategically throughout the grid. It is our belief that the smart grid will be built through the deployment of community-scale ‘building-block’ UDM projects, as individual nodes, that make up the larger 'Energy Internet'. We advocate the full-scale deployment of wholly functioning and nested UDMs, maximizing benefits to communities and the utilities that serve them, at a scale that can be financed in a single close by a dedicated financial consortium.
An Increasingly Complex Story - A Changing Business Case
Rising energy costs and environmental concerns make consumers pay more attention – not only to their electricity bill but to energy issues in general. As other industries encroach on the energy space, competition to utilities is only going to get fiercer. Technology can address many of these issues, but not all utilities have budgets or requisite skills to successfully deploy these necessary investments.
As the barriers between producers and consumers of energy continue to erode, we find ourselves on the eve of a silent revolution that will irrevocably alter the relationship between utilities and their customers. Traditionally risk averse and slow to adopt new ways, the utility industry is being challenged to keep up with a convergence of ongoing trends and emerging technologies and most importantly a change in consumer behavior.
The concept of “real-time two-way dialogue” is going to become increasingly relevant. In fact, inviting stakeholders to participate in the utility's business process is a very smart move, considering that their next competitor may very well be their consumer. (In Germany, more than 50 percent of all renewable energy is now produced by citizens, and not by the utilities.)
With access to increasingly affordable electricity from distributed, renewable energy resources, ready access to the latest information, and the technology to accurately monitor his/her energy consumption, we see the emergence of a much more sophisticated consumer, who expects more customized service and more efficient use of the available resources – in the end, the most precious energy resource is the energy NOT consumed.