Sonoma Clean Power has selected Stem, Inc., a global provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered energy storage, as a preferred vendor for energy storage services in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The partnership will offer increased energy savings and control for local, commercial, and industrial customers while enabling community sustainability planning.
“Stem’s AI solution offers local, customer-based solutions that achieve our neighbors’ economic goals while assisting Sonoma County’s nation-leading climate goals,” explained Nathan Kinsey, Account Executive with Sonoma Clean Power. “This puts climate and energy decisions back in the hands of our customers.”
Sonoma Clean Power serves as the public electricity provider for approximately 223,000 accounts in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, with the exception of the cities of Healdsburg and Ukiah. The two-year partnership will be particularly attractive to large commercial and public customers who face high demand charges from unexpected energy spikes, which can account for more than 50% of a monthly bill.
Distributed energy storage enables communities like Sonoma County to manage the variability of renewable energy on the grid.
“Stem’s AI-based platform is an ideal approach for community-oriented greenhouse gas planning, by providing onsite customer savings combined with networked reliability and flexibility assets that improve the local distribution grid and enhance local sustainability efforts,” said John Carrington, CEO of Stem. “We’re excited to partner with Sonoma Clean Power to deliver greater bill savings opportunities to their customers.”
Stem’s platform, Athena, the first artificial intelligence for customer-sited energy storage, links customer-sited systems into virtual power plant networks that allows for real time energy optimization, driving down energy costs and creating a more efficient and modern energy grid.
Stem can use these systems as a network to provide additional grid-facing services when they’re not needed onsite, such as energy relief for the state during heat waves and wildfires. Moreover, Sonoma Clean Power can count the customer-sited systems towards fulfillment of California Assembly Bill 2514 (Skinner), which mandates state energy storage procurement.