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Jessie Mehrhoff

Greta Thunberg has nothing on Jessie Mehrhoff. Inspired at a young age by her father’s success in enabling legislation to protect endangered species, Jessie represented North America when she was only 14 at a climate conference in Malaysia (where she also dined with the Queen at her palace!). Over the years, Jessie has continued to protect the natural world from a different angle than her biologist dad but strives every day to live with the same care and consciousness that he did. As a technological optimist, she contributes to conversations about how to develop cleaner, smarter energy grids in our accelerating world. Previously responsible for leading Guidehouse Insights’ VPP research service, Jessie now manages Enbala's product marketing initiatives to accelerate the integration and optimization of clean, distributed energy resources. When not working to help decarbonize the planet, Jessie is a yoga instructor and jokes that she works with electrons by day and a more subtle form of energy at night.
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Reliability & Resiliency: The reality is—we need both.

By Jessie Mehrhoff on Aug 31, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Earlier this summer, I posted about the extreme heat wave challenging the Pacific Northwest. The summer has brought a myriad of challenges around the Northern Hemisphere. From flooding in Europe to wildfires across the West, severe weather and changing climate patterns continue to strain electric power grid operators tasked with keeping lights on in homes, businesses and critical facilities. In the utility world, the term “resiliency” is offered daily as the goal. “Keep the power grid resilient.” Distributed energy resources (DERs) play a critical role in achieving these targets in two complementary ways. At the risk of sounding pedantic, we need to address reliability at the grid level and resiliency at the end customer site.

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Topics: distributed energy resources, DERs, DERMs, virtual power plant, grid stability, grid resiliency, resiliency as a service, power outage

North American Demand Response Season Starts Strong with Heat Wave

By Jessie Mehrhoff on Jul 6, 2021 8:19:13 AM

At the start of the summer demand response season in North America, grid operators have already used Enbala's Concerto™ platform to dispatch about 100 events to keep the grid stable as heat waves settled upon the western half of North America. Our thoughts are with those in the extreme heat, and we know that describing rising temperatures — coupled with wildfires and severe weather — as "disruptive" is an understatement. However, high temperatures point to the need for distributed energy resource (DER) orchestration to keep the grid stable and to help keep utility customers as comfortable as possible.

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Topics: distributed energy resources, demand response, grid reliability, heat wave

Enbala Can Green the Energy System Today

By Jessie Mehrhoff on Apr 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

I describe myself as a technological optimist—well, within reason. I don’t think that Moore’s Law, the notion that our computing capabilities double every couple of years, permits humans to continue reckless consumption and assume that we’ll be able to innovate our way out of any self-created calamity. I also fear technology’s risk of generating moral hazards; just because we are learning how to capture, sequester, and use some carbon dioxide does not mean we can otherwise continue to emit it recklessly. Joining the Enbala team, however, I do recognize we have the tools at our disposal to reduce the economic and environmental costs to power our society.

Enbala’s Concerto™ software platform, combined with distributed energy resources (DER), creates a balanced, sustainable energy future. I joined this company because I believe that such a future isn’t far away, and if we put our hearts and minds into transforming the energy system, we can green it today.

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Topics: DERs, DERMs, clean energy, distributed energy, VPP

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