Doing Good in California – Operation Golden Bear
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August 6, 2021

Doing Good in California – Operation Golden Bear

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

5 Qualities of a Voltus Leader
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July 29, 2021

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.

Unlocking our generation's greatest innovation with distributed energy resources
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July 6, 2021

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.

Whiplash – FERC Order 2222-B
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June 25, 2021

Whiplash – FERC Order 2222-B

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

Using choice to check the energy system
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June 14, 2021

Using choice to check the energy system

Is our energy system still serving the public good?

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

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.

Voltus adds its fourth horseman, signaling the beginning of the DER Apocalypse
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May 11, 2021

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

Voltus expands energy efficiency capacity across Ontario.

The measurement of success: happiness & productivity
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April 15, 2021

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.

Hold on to your seats. FERC just hit the fast forward button on the clean energy transition.
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March 30, 2021

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.

Thriving (despite COVID) in 2020 - Seven elements of Voltus success
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March 19, 2021

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.

Voltus highlights three exceptional Voltans in honor of International Women's Day
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March 8, 2021

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.

The wo(man) in the arena - a guide to leadership at Voltus
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March 5, 2021

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.

A V2G Tesla Model S would have paid for itself in ERCOT last week
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February 26, 2021

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.

$445 Million per Hour
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February 17, 2021

$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.

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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December 18, 2020

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.

Veterans Day – building purpose through a shared mission
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November 11, 2020

Veterans Day – building purpose through a shared mission

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

When Economic Curtailment … Isn’t
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November 5, 2020

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.

Accelerating our mission – doing more good, faster
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October 29, 2020

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.

New FERC Order expands the reach of demand response
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September 23, 2020

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.

Bright, gritty, and good: reflections from a Voltus Intern
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September 14, 2020

Bright, gritty, and good: reflections from a Voltus Intern

John Arcona reflects on his experience as a Voltus intern.

Capturing new value in PJM with technology-enabled demand response
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July 2, 2020

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.

Juneteenth
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June 19, 2020

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.

Bright, Gritty, and Good: Remote by Design
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April 21, 2020

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.

Week #7 – Portfolio Aggregation vs. Single Site Nomination
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April 15, 2020

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.

Week #6 – Working with multiple CSPs to maximize DR dollars
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April 9, 2020

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?

Week #5 – Uncovering the Gross Up
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March 25, 2020

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.

Voltus Announces New DR Opportunities in Massachusetts
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March 24, 2020

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.

Week #4 – Flushing out Phantom Megawatts
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March 18, 2020

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.

A Response to COVID-19.
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March 13, 2020

A Response to COVID-19.

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

Week #3 – Incremental Auction Sell-Off (Don’t Get Caught Holding an Empty Bag of Cash)
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March 10, 2020

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).

One Woman’s Journey to Bright, Gritty, and Good
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March 8, 2020

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.

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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March 4, 2020

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.

Week #1 – Getting the Most Cheese from Demand Response: Eliminating Capacity Charges
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February 26, 2020

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.

New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s with Voltus – Guaranteed!
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December 31, 2019

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:

Only 10% of Passengers Allowed to Uber in Michigan
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December 5, 2019

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?

Jon Wellinghoff’s New Year’s Resolution – Double Your DR $s
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January 8, 2019

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:

David vs. Goliath
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December 5, 2018

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.

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

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.

Can DR Power Time Travel?
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October 31, 2018

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.

Could Demand Response Be a Better Deal than Solar for Iowa Customers?
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October 15, 2018

Could Demand Response Be a Better Deal than Solar for Iowa Customers?

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

VoltusFest Pittsburgh – The Negawaste Challenge!
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August 14, 2018

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.

PJM DR – Just and Reasonable?
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May 22, 2018

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!

Speaking Truth to Power
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April 10, 2018

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.

Still Seeking: Women in Cleantech!
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March 8, 2018

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.

New Year’s Resolution – Double Your Dollars in Demand Response!
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January 2, 2018

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.

“Clark, that’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year . . . “
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December 12, 2017

“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?

Pennsylvania Act 129 “Add Back Ask”
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November 30, 2017

Pennsylvania Act 129 “Add Back Ask”

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

Wanted: Women in Cleantech
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November 9, 2017

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!

When $10 Million Shows Up in Your Bank Account . . .
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October 23, 2017

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?

The Search for “Good”
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October 11, 2016

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.

Choose Savings Over Software
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September 16, 2016

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.