Utilidata and Sense Team Up to Create End-To-End Digital Twin of Electric Grid

High-resolution data from National Grid creates an in-depth map of the substation to the meter.

For Immediate Release


Utilidata, the industry leader in energy optimization software extending from the substation to the grid edge, and Sense, whose intelligent home energy monitor provides real-time insights into energy and device activity in the home, today announced that they are joining forces to create the first-ever digital twin of the electric grid that maps power flow, voltage, and infrastructure from the substation to the home. The virtual grid model will enable unprecedented levels of grid visibility, allowing for improved efficiency, reliability, and utilization of distributed assets.

Utilidata has spent over a decade working with utilities to improve grid reliability, resiliency, and sustainability through voltage optimization. Sense’s technology analyzes high-resolution energy data to provide homeowners with a detailed and real-time view of how energy is used in their homes. Working with Utilidata, the companies are now using the high-resolution waveform data to look in the other direction – to see in detail what is happening in the grid. By combining their areas of expertise with innovative machine learning, the two companies are able to create a real-time, responsive view of the secondary electric grid. This methodology is being piloted in collaboration with National Grid, a long-time partner to both Utilidata and Sense, who is enabling both companies to unlock greater value.

“Sense and Utilidata have developed technologies that are intrinsic to our ability to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our customers,” said Carlos Nouel, Vice President of Smart Solutions at National Grid. “The integration of these two technologies can demonstrate the value of real time data and enable us to optimize how we operate the system. Having this information will allow us to be even more customer-centric, responsive, and reliable.”

Utilidata’s groundbreaking software will analyze Sense’s high-resolution data to produce a digital twin of the secondary electric grid. Because the model draws on real-time, high-resolution data and machine learning, it responds to changing conditions and will also detect and forecast grid performance, including the variable activity of distributed energy resources (DERs). For this reason, the digital twin enables unprecedented levels of grid visibility while offering a path toward the seamless integration of DERs, the successful accommodation of growing numbers of electric vehicles (EVs), and sophisticated scenario modeling.

“We are currently at an inflection point, where the increasing, rapid customer adoption of electric vehicles and onsite storage are outpacing the ability of the grid to adapt,” said Marissa Hummon, Chief Technology Officer of Utilidata. “Utilities need grid analysis and operation tools that are responsive, precise, and quickly deployed to ensure that electricity delivery remains accessible and reliable while becoming more sustainable. We are excited to work with Sense’s high-resolution data and customer insights to introduce meaningful technological advancement to the grid.”

“We deliver a powerful consumer experience by providing a real-time, detailed view of how energy is used in a consumer’s homes. With Utilidata, we can use that same high-resolution data to provide deep visibility into the grid,” said Mike Phillips, CEO of Sense. “Given our real-time view of the electrical loads in the home, and Utilidata’s model of the resources on the grid, the next step is to provide consumers with automation of key devices in homes and incentives to allow us to shift the timing of electricity consumption to better match the dynamic conditions of the grid.”

For more information on each company, please visit http://www.utilidata.com and http://www.sense.com.

About Utilidata®, Inc

Utilidata®, Inc., an energy software company backed by leading venture capital firms, is the industry leader in energy grid optimization. The company's patented technology captures real-time signals from the electric grid and provides actionable insights to save energy, integrate distributed energy resources, and better detect grid anomalies. The company is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information, please visit http://www.utilidata.com or follow @Utilidata on Twitter.

About Sense

Sense's mission is to make all homes intelligent by keeping people informed about what's happening in their homes, and helping to make them safer, more efficient, and more reliable. Founded in 2013 by pioneers in speech recognition, Sense uses machine learning technology to provide real-time insights on device behavior, even for those devices that are not "smart." Customers rely on Sense for a wide range of uses including checking what time their kids get home, monitoring their home appliances, determining whether they left appliances running or doors open and identifying how to reduce their energy costs. Sense is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. To make sense of your energy, visit: http://www.sense.com.

For more information

Elise Meyer
Director of Marketing & Communications, Utilidata
Carol McGarry
Public Relations Manager, Sense

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