Doing Good in California – Operation Golden Bear
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Doing Good in California – Operation Golden Bear

Voltus's response to California Governor Newsom's state of emergency declaration.

August 6, 2021
5 Qualities of a Voltus Leader
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5 Qualities of a Voltus Leader

In honor of Voltus's five-year anniversary, CEO and Co-founder Gregg Dixon shares five characteristics that make a Voltus leader.

July 29, 2021
Unlocking our generation's greatest innovation with distributed energy resources
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Unlocking our generation's greatest innovation with distributed energy resources

Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon provides data and insight into how distributed energy resources are helping to accelerate one of the greatest industry transformations in human history.

July 6, 2021
Whiplash – FERC Order 2222-B
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Whiplash – FERC Order 2222-B

Everything you need to know about FERC Order 2222-B, passed on Thursday 6/17.

June 25, 2021
Using choice to check the energy system
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Using choice to check the energy system

Is our energy system still serving the public good?

June 14, 2021
Transitioning $3.2 trillion in global electricity spend
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Transitioning $3.2 trillion in global electricity spend

Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon dives into some of the exciting data and insights that define this critical moment in our energy transition.

May 14, 2021
Voltus adds its fourth horseman, signaling the beginning of the DER Apocalypse
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Voltus adds its fourth horseman, signaling the beginning of the DER Apocalypse

Voltus expands energy efficiency capacity across Ontario.

May 11, 2021
The measurement of success: happiness & productivity
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The measurement of success: happiness & productivity

When it comes to employee satisfaction, our chief goal at Voltus is incredibly simple. We want working at Voltus to be the best professional experience our team members have ever had! Read about how we maintain a happy and productive team.

April 15, 2021
Hold on to your seats. FERC just hit the fast forward button on the clean energy transition.
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Hold on to your seats. FERC just hit the fast forward button on the clean energy transition.

FERC Order 2222-A unleashes the power of demand response, hitting the fast forward button on our nation’s clean energy transition.

March 30, 2021
Thriving (despite COVID) in 2020 - Seven elements of Voltus success
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Thriving (despite COVID) in 2020 - Seven elements of Voltus success

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Voltus President Matt Plante reflects on how Voltus has achieved success despite challenging circumstances.

March 19, 2021
Voltus highlights three exceptional Voltans in honor of International Women's Day
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Voltus highlights three exceptional Voltans in honor of International Women's Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re featuring three outstanding Women of Voltus. These women were selected by their fellow Voltans based on their bright, gritty, and good achievements at work and beyond.

March 8, 2021
The wo(man) in the arena - a guide to leadership at Voltus
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The wo(man) in the arena - a guide to leadership at Voltus

Voltus's Kelly Yazdani discusses four elements of our culture embodied by all Voltan leaders.

March 5, 2021
A V2G Tesla Model S would have paid for itself in ERCOT last week
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A V2G Tesla Model S would have paid for itself in ERCOT last week

The three central US power grids, ERCOT, SPP, and MISO, which represent 270,000 MWs of electricity demand (34% of total US demand), faced catastrophic power outages last week.

February 26, 2021
$445 Million per Hour
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$445 Million per Hour

That’s the value of economic loss occurring in the ERCOT region of Texas right now, based on the load sector weighted average of the Value of Lost Load (VOLL), the result of a study commissioned to London Economics by ERCOT in 2013.

February 17, 2021
Ontario energy consumers take note – Voltus secures its place as a leading provider of demand response in this month’s capacity auction
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Ontario energy consumers take note – Voltus secures its place as a leading provider of demand response in this month’s capacity auction

Ontario’s demand response market has grown for the sixth consecutive year and Voltus is continuing to grow with it. Voltus is now the 3rd largest demand response aggregator in the region.

December 18, 2020
Veterans Day – building purpose through a shared mission
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Veterans Day – building purpose through a shared mission

Reflections from Voltus's Stephanie Hendricks, U.S. Navy veteran, on this Veterans Day 2020.

November 11, 2020
When Economic Curtailment … Isn’t
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When Economic Curtailment … Isn’t

For certain businesses that can provide fast-response load curtailment, Operating Reserves (OR) is a better alternative, resulting in lower net electricity costs without the frequent hassles of economic curtailment.

November 5, 2020
Accelerating our mission – doing more good, faster
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Accelerating our mission – doing more good, faster

We founded Voltus with a clear vision – to become the world’s leading provider of demand response. We bring this vision to fruition each day by turning large energy users’ behind-the-meter assets into cash-producing distributed energy resources. Today, Voltus is the fastest growing demand response provider of all time.

October 29, 2020
New FERC Order expands the reach of demand response
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New FERC Order expands the reach of demand response

This past Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled to unify the treatment of distributed energy resources.

September 23, 2020
Bright, gritty, and good: reflections from a Voltus Intern
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Bright, gritty, and good: reflections from a Voltus Intern

John Arcona reflects on his experience as a Voltus intern.

September 14, 2020
Capturing new value in PJM with technology-enabled demand response
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Capturing new value in PJM with technology-enabled demand response

Businesses can now earn up to $70K/MW-year for less than 2 hours of annual demand reduction.

July 2, 2020
Juneteenth
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Juneteenth

We’re proud to announce that Voltus will begin recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth as a company holiday, and encouraging Voltans to do with Juneteenth what matters most to them.

June 19, 2020
Bright, Gritty, and Good: Remote by Design
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Bright, Gritty, and Good: Remote by Design

In this segment of our Bright, Gritty, and Good Vlog series, we take a closer look at the remote office set-ups of four Voltans, discover what motivates them, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of remote working.

April 21, 2020
Week #7 – Portfolio Aggregation vs. Single Site Nomination
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Week #7 – Portfolio Aggregation vs. Single Site Nomination

If you are a multi-site demand response customer, you can financially benefit from portfolio aggregation versus single site nomination. Let’s show you how by asking a simple math question.

April 15, 2020
Week #6 – Working with multiple CSPs to maximize DR dollars
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Week #6 – Working with multiple CSPs to maximize DR dollars

Nearly 140 demand response programs exist across North America. Many of these programs are offered exclusively by Voltus while others aren’t offered by Voltus at all. What’s that now?

April 9, 2020
Week #5 – Uncovering the Gross Up
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Week #5 – Uncovering the Gross Up

The gross-up is industry-speak for the transmission loss factor and operating reserve margin that is applied to electricity demand in wholesale power markets. These concepts impact the value of demand response resources in these same markets.

March 25, 2020
Voltus Announces New DR Opportunities in Massachusetts
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Voltus Announces New DR Opportunities in Massachusetts

Voltus secures an agreement with Cape Light Compact to deliver demand response to commercial, institutional, and industrial customers in Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

March 24, 2020
Week #4 – Flushing out Phantom Megawatts
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Week #4 – Flushing out Phantom Megawatts

Demand response is needed more than ever to deliver on-peak capacity, to help tamp down energy prices during grid constraints, and to help balance the grid 24/7/365 in real-time.

March 18, 2020
A Response to COVID-19.
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A Response to COVID-19.

A response to COVID-19 from Voltus CEO Gregg Dixon.

March 13, 2020
Week #3 – Incremental Auction Sell-Off (Don’t Get Caught Holding an Empty Bag of Cash)
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Week #3 – Incremental Auction Sell-Off (Don’t Get Caught Holding an Empty Bag of Cash)

Using a bit of provocation, last month we declared that PJM Demand Response is Dead! The caveat here is that PJM Demand Response (as you’ve known it) is Dead, with changes to the Emergency Load Response Program (ELRP) that make it much more difficult for customers to perform and, ultimately, earn cash (e.g., a 30 minute response with 365/24/7 availability doesn’t work for most).

March 10, 2020
One Woman’s Journey to Bright, Gritty, and Good
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One Woman’s Journey to Bright, Gritty, and Good

Voltus's Director of Marketing Kelly Yazdani reflects on her professional journey and how she landed at Voltus.

March 8, 2020
Week #2 – Getting the Most Cheese from Demand Response: Unlocking the Value of In-Market and Out-of-Market DR Programs
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Week #2 – Getting the Most Cheese from Demand Response: Unlocking the Value of In-Market and Out-of-Market DR Programs

Take a dive into in-market vs. out-of-market demand response.

March 4, 2020
Week #1 – Getting the Most Cheese from Demand Response: Eliminating Capacity Charges
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Week #1 – Getting the Most Cheese from Demand Response: Eliminating Capacity Charges

Week one of our multi-week Vlog series, dedicated to helping customers turn their operational flexibility into the most cash possible.

February 26, 2020
New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s with Voltus – Guaranteed!
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New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s with Voltus – Guaranteed!

Our experts want to help you with a single new year’s resolution: double your dollars in demand response in 2020 with these five tips:

December 31, 2019
Only 10% of Passengers Allowed to Uber in Michigan
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Only 10% of Passengers Allowed to Uber in Michigan

Imagine reading that headline as you land in Detroit Metro an hour before a big meeting in Ann Arbor. Your heart sinks knowing you might need to wait in line for a taxi and likely be late for your meeting. Why would Michigan decide to limit your access to an innovation that you’ve become universally accustomed to using every time you arrive in any airport around the country?

December 5, 2019
Jon Wellinghoff’s New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s
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Jon Wellinghoff’s New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s

Our experts want to help you with a single new year’s resolution: double your dollars in demand response in 2019 with these five tips:

January 8, 2019
David vs. Goliath
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David vs. Goliath

In the wake of Entergy astroturfing the citizens of New Orleans, it not only continues to attempt an end-around to influence the New Orleans City Council by pressuring non-profits that receive Entergy support, but it has come out swinging against the better alternative to its $210 million power plant: a virtual power plant. We have the upshot.

December 5, 2018
What Can the World’s Largest Database of Demand Response Programs Do For You?
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What Can the World’s Largest Database of Demand Response Programs Do For You?

Today, Voltus announces the launch of CashDash, the world’s largest database of demand response programs. The purpose of CashDash is to identify every opportunity for large energy consumers to monetize operational flexibility by simply entering zip codes and load reduction capabilities for each site.

November 5, 2018
Can DR Power Time Travel?
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Can DR Power Time Travel?

Voltus just exceeded 1.21 gigawatts of demand response under management. What can 1.21 gigawatts do for us? Read about the impact here.

October 31, 2018
Could Demand Response Be a Better Deal than Solar for Iowa Customers?
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Could Demand Response Be a Better Deal than Solar for Iowa Customers?

See how DR stacks up against solar in the Hawkeye state.

October 15, 2018
VoltusFest Pittsburgh – The Negawaste Challenge!
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VoltusFest Pittsburgh – The Negawaste Challenge!

VoltusFest Pittsburgh – a perfect backdrop for our team to learn, grow, and Voltan-teer. We challenged ourselves to not only to make our conference as green as possible, but also to do some service and leave the city cleaner than how we found it.

August 14, 2018
PJM DR – Just and Reasonable?
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PJM DR – Just and Reasonable?

As if reminding us of our favorite quote from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, PJM and its Market Monitor argue that seasonal demand response (DR) and renewable resources would suppress capacity prices because they would only have to deliver for part of the year. Yet PJM bills its peak demand charge (which can amount to as much as 30% of an electricity bill) on the highest five hours of demand during the year!

May 22, 2018
Speaking Truth to Power
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Speaking Truth to Power

“Can you give me an example of when you’ve ‘spoken truth to power’ either in your professional or personal life and what that experience was like?” That’s the final question Matt and I ask any candidate wanting to be part of the Voltus team.

April 10, 2018
Still Seeking: Women in Cleantech!
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Still Seeking: Women in Cleantech!

A little over a year ago, I posted about how cleantech has a pipeline problem with recruiting female candidates – a problem that perpetuates itself because the status quo continues to be a male-dominated industry. At Voltus, we are committed to making targeted efforts to attract women to the industry.

March 8, 2018
New Year’s Resolution – Double Your Dollars in Demand Response!
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New Year’s Resolution – Double Your Dollars in Demand Response!

Let’s get to work on our New Year’s resolution: helping you double your dollars in demand response in 2018.

January 2, 2018
“Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year . . . “
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“Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year . . . “

FERC passed a ruling on December 1 allowing Energy Efficiency Resources (EERs – think LED upgrades) to get wholesale capacity market credit without encumbrance from a RERRA. What does this mean?

December 12, 2017
Pennsylvania Act 129 “Add Back Ask”
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Pennsylvania Act 129 “Add Back Ask”

Why signing the “Add Back Attestation” in Pennsylvania is not in the best economic interest of customers.

November 30, 2017
Wanted: Women in Cleantech
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Wanted: Women in Cleantech

At Voltus, we know we need to proactively recruit female candidates. We’ve done a decent job of improving the number of female candidates we attract, but we need to do much, much better. Please share your stories, feedback, and advice with us, send this around to your female friends and colleagues, and come talk to us!

November 9, 2017
When $10 Million Shows Up in Your Bank Account . . .
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When $10 Million Shows Up in Your Bank Account . . .

Today, Voltus got a little pocket money. The back story is pretty simple: a few of us put our nose to the grindstone for a year, built a great technology, signed up a bunch of customers, generated profits, and attracted the interest of investors who really liked the focused business model we developed to attack a huge, underpenetrated market where the competition wasn’t innovating or fully serving customers. But what’s the secret to our success and how do we plan to extend this success with $10 million in the bank?

October 23, 2017
The Search for “Good”
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The Search for “Good”

At Voltus, we hire people who are bright, gritty, and good. Take a peek into who we look to hire, and why – with an emphasis on the element most difficult to spot: good.

October 11, 2016
Choose Savings Over Software
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Choose Savings Over Software

How the success of demand response helps us unlock the much larger value of energy efficiency for industrial, commercial, and institutional customers.

September 16, 2016