CAISO to Discontinue TLS 1.0/1.1 Support for RIGs

To our valued clients, You may have recently seen the following email from CAISO: You are receiving this notice as a contact regarding the RIG Device – IRGXXX. In accordance with the CAISO BPM for Direct Telemetry Revision (PRR #1310) posted, there are new communication security requirements. Per our records, the RIG is reporting Real […]

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Trimark Awarded SCADA for World’s Largest PV+BESS Project

The Edwards & Sanborn project redefines the utility-scale PV+Storage landscape. Folsom, CA, February 17, 2021 – Trimark Associates, Inc. is proud to announce our involvement in the Edwards & Sanborn project, the world’s largest solar-plus-storage (PV+BESS) project currently under construction. Located in Kern County, California, the project weighs in at 1,118 megawatts (MW) of solar […]

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CAISO ADS Changes: What You Need to Know

Have you been receiving more notices from CAISO recently? These past few months, CAISO has garnered increased scrutiny from a number of authorities, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Newsom administration, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). This has led the ISO to shift their operational priorities, […]

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Blackouts, Blazes, and BESS: How Energy Storage Can Mitigate California’s Electricity Woes

Serving a population of over 40 million people and more than 14 million housing units across an area larger than Italy or Japan, California’s electric grid is the most complex of any U.S. state. However, reliably providing power to all 40 million Californians can be a struggle at times, even with upwards of 80,000 MW […]

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Keeping an Open Mind: The Benefits of Trimark’s Open Architecture SCADA Systems

Trimark’s SCADA systems are known for being robust and having detailed menus. They enable users to monitor individual devices in real time and receive customized, proactive alarms. To site operators, these features are invaluable. Trimark SCADA’s open architecture foundations are crucial to its ability to present charts and graphs. This blog highlights the open architecture […]

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Navigating the Market: CAISO SC ME COMPLIANCE

By following these 6 best practices, a Scheduling Coordinator can successfully maintain compliance with the CAISO Tariff for submitting settlement quality meter data. 1: KNOW YOUR LRA REQUIREMENTS Identify your Local Regulator Authority CPUC will be the LRA for the majority of load SC MEs Other LRAs could include City Councils, Municipal Utilities, and even […]

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The Bigger Picture: Commissioning a 200 MW Solar Site

Programming meters and developing SCADA systems are certainly rewarding processes, but there’s something about being out in the field that makes you think about the scale – moreover, the importance – of our work. Such was Donald Weingartner’s experience this past Halloween. Donald, a meter technician and CAISO inspector at Trimark, was on site in […]

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Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) as a CAISO Non-Generator Resource (NGR): 7 Things You Should Know

CAISO Market Participation Alternatives for Batteries Most Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) connected to the California grid have participated in a behind the meter (BTM) configuration. This approach enables BESS owners to manage their retail energy costs, which include peak load shaving, load shifting, and demand charge management. Unfortunately, these are not wholesale market transactions.  […]

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Managing the Flow: How Trimark Services the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority’s Meters

Formed in 2005 as a Joint Powers Authority to give California’s public water agencies an advantage when purchasing electricity, the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority (PWRPA) manages the individual power assets and retail electrical loads that serve 15 agricultural and municipal water districts throughout much of California. PWRPA is invaluable to farmers throughout the […]

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By The Numbers: How Trimark Manages Meter Data

Metering is a core component of Trimark’s mission, and as such managing the data gathered by revenue meters at our clients’ sites is of the highest priority. With a data analytics team that has over 67 years of combined experience, it’s no wonder why so many within the industry choose Trimark for their metering needs. […]

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