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How Does Orchestrated Energy Work?


Tendril Orchestrated Energy is a Continuous Demand Management solution that creates a unique load dispatch schedule for every home, every day.

Orchestrated Energy is equivalent to utility generation dispatch. It uses the same standards of operation and reliability. The optimal dispatch of loads can be based on the cost of generation, the forecasted load, a measurement of distribution congestion, or anything that helps the utility reduce the cost of doing business.

So how does it work?

Orchestrated Energy puts cost and load signals in communication with smart thermostats and other connected devices in the home. The key element of Orchestrated Energy is that it uses residents’ preferences and goals to constrain load dispatch. It works to minimize the cost of keeping the customer comfortable.

First, day-ahead optimization is used to create a load dispatch schedule for each home. A series of algorithms along with Tendril’s proprietary TrueHome simulation model are employed to determine the typical cost of serving load to a home for the next 24 to 36 hours. Next, Orchestrated Energy determines the home’s optimal load schedule, using the same type of math system operators use for generation dispatch. The result of this optimization is a series of load control steps that minimize the total cost of serving load while maintaining residents’ desired comfort levels. Residents are well informed throughout the entire process, as personalized updates and information about Orchestrated Energy are communicated via Tendril’s MyHome mobile app or through a utility’s existing communication platform.

The day-ahead optimization establishes an important baseline for planning purposes. But what really sets Orchestrated Energy apart, is how it delivers continuous demand management in real-time. Orchestrated Energy starts with the day-ahead plan, but will rerun its optimization algorithm whenever something in the home or on the grid begins to deviate. For instance, a system operator may issue a new cost function. A generator could go out overnight. Or a home’s temperature may not track to the day-ahead plan because on that particular day the resident uncharacteristically left her blinds open, causing the house to heat up faster. In any case, Orchestrated Energy will respond with new load plans for all affected homes in real-time.

Focused on comfort, cost and control, Orchestrated Energy consistently and reliably maintains the crucial balance between customer and system needs. Initial pilot results have seen HVAC peak load reduced by up to 80 percent and up to a 25 percent decrease in energy consumption from cooling - all without sacrificing customer comfort. 

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