COVID-19 has upended assumptions about how buildings use energy at the same time as distributed energy resources are desperately needed to manage the electric grid.
Shutdowns, work-from-home mandates, and uneven economic recovery have made forecasting gas and electric consumption and traditional measurement and verification a relative crapshoot. Simultaneously, moving toward a clean energy future will increasingly require market participation from behind-the-meter resources.
For these markets to work, utilities need settlement grade measurement to separate the impacts of procured interventions from the broader outside influences. Exogenous effects such as the COVID stay at home orders, the ongoing changes in energy consumption due to electrification of buildings and transportation, and growing deployment of behind-the-meter storage and renewable generation, require new data-driven tools to enable reliable telemetry for planning, procurement, and settlement.