utilidata
Utilidata

Bringing Open-Source Artificial Intelligence to the Grid Edge

THE PROBLEM:

As the edge of the grid becomes exponentially more complex with high penetrations of electric vehicles, distributed solar, batteries, heat pumps and extreme weather, utilities will need real-time visibility and decentralized decision-making. Without distributed artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, electric distribution utilities will struggle to support the clean energy transition and widespread electrification. Caliber Strategies is working with the growing Utilidata team to navigate the complicated and fast-changing regulatory, political and commercial landscape in California.

THE CLIENT:

Utilidata is a leader in software and real-time grid operations, with over a decade of experience managing distribution grids. In 2021 it partnered with NVIDIA, a global leader in AI and accelerated computing, to deliver a new grid edge solution: the smart grid chip.

THE SOLUTION:

The smart grid chip is the industry’s first scalable distributed AI solution, built to collect and analyze high volumes of grid-edge data in real-time, allowing utilities, third parties and end users to rapidly integrate distributed energy resources and electric vehicles onto the grid. This helps to improve planning and operations, reliability and resilience. The smart grid chip can currently be installed via an electric meter adapter connected to the existing customer meter.

Caliber took on a role to supplement Utilidata’s policy and regulatory team with Caliber’s knowledge and extensive presence in California policy discussions. One key objective was to promote structured competition in the next round of advanced metering infrastructure investments.

CASE STUDY

TOPIC / KEYWORDS:

Smart Grid, Regulatory Advocacy, Utility Engagement, Strategy, Climate Technology, Distributed Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Distributed Energy Resources

QUICK FACTS:

Utilidata’s smart grid chip collects and analyzes high volumes of grid-edge data in real-time, allowing utilities, third parties and end users to rapidly integrate distributed energy resources and electric vehicles onto the grid.

Caliber supplements Utilidata’s policy and regulatory team with its knowledge and extensive presence in California policy discussions.

Working together, Caliber and Utilidata were able to promote structured competition in the next round of advanced metering infrastructure investments.