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How to Make Projects Pencil and Increase Returns with DER Optimization

Nov. 9, 2023
Now On-Demand - An EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge-hosted webinar sponsored by CPower.

This webinar was originally held on November 9, 2023 and is now available for on demand viewing.   

Duration: 1 Hour

Sponsor: CPower

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Securing funding and host site/off-taker contracting often are the most challenging parts of developing new distributed energy resource (DER) projects, but DER optimization solutions can make it easier. Learn how energy users, project developers and owners can evaluate site-specific performance data and energy market options to create cost projections and insights that get projects greenlighted.

Optimizing DERs involves choosing between all available value streams in each day or hour based on which would be most lucrative, and value streams can differ substantially depending on the details of the site, DER project type, and local/regional energy market details. Successful DER projects justify investments by creating project financial models that account for all possible revenue and savings based on the site, asset, and market constraints and the real-time values of available opportunities. In this webinar, you will learn how you can make your projects get the math right and increase returns by optimizing your DERs throughout every stage.


Rob Windle
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Business Development
Rob leads the development and management of innovative solutions that support the proliferation and monetization of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as decentralized generation and energy storage. He has over 20 years of experience in product development, direct and channel sales development, and management across the Energy, Enterprise Software, and Automation Controls industries. A Certified Energy Manager®, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Millie Knowlton
Director, Strategic Planning & Business Development
Millie leads new product development and commercialization at CPower, the national leader in Distributed Energy Resource monetization. Prior to CPower, she spent four years at Tesla working in commercial energy storage, grid services and project development. Millie has a master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.
Brad Widdup
Director, Distributed Generation
Brad has more than 25 years of experience working in and around the North American utility industry, with experience in customer and operational applications for both regulated and deregulated energy markets. His energy career includes leadership positions in Oracle's Utilities Global Business Unit, where he managed the company's Canadian, Northeast US, Central US, and Western US business. He also served with Intergraph Canada, securing and expanding utility clients throughout Canada and the United States. Brad earned his Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Math and Computer Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.Sponsored by: