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Cypress Creek Renewables partners with local communities and utilities to provide widespread access to affordable, clean energy. Cypress Creek Renewables’ solar solutions produce energy at or below market costs, while our locally based development strategy allows us to deploy solar where the power is needed most. With well over $2 billion raised and invested and over 5 gigawatts of local solar farms deployed or in development (over 250,000 homes powered), Cypress Creek Renewables is the largest and fastest-growing dedicated provider of local solar farms.

Project Scope: Streamlining Development Costs with Drone Use

Additional details: CCR has been growing rapidly since its founding in 2014, but does not have a detailed breakdown of the costs of developing a solar project. The Ross team will perform a cost analysis of Cypress' solar development process with a focus on site surveys and then build a business case for using drones to conduct most or all of the necessary surveying work. The team will work directly with CCR's VP of development operations, Evan Riley.

The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. We are dedicated to improving the lives of our customers by leveraging our energy solutions that encompass a broad range of technologies and fuel types, including coal, diesel, gas, oil, pet coke and renewables. Our people share a passion to help meet the world’s current and increasing energy needs, while providing communities and countries the opportunity for economic growth due to the availability of reliable, affordable electric power. AES Energy Storage is the global leader in integrating battery-based energy storage technology, with 207.5 MW in operation around the world and 478 MW in construction or late stage development.

Project Description: AES and Siemens recently teamed up to create a leading joint venture to expand the deployment of front-of-the-meter energy storage. This project will involve financial modeling and market analysis of AES' market and provide growth strategy opportunities. (Final project scope in development)

AMS uses advanced energy storage, load control technologies and state-of-the-art data analytics to design, build and operate customized fleets of energy storage for large commercial and industrial users and utilities.


Project Title: Pricing for Distributed Energy Storage Optimization Software & Asset Management

Detailed project description: AMS has built a software platform that analyzes economic opportunity for distributed energy storage both at a given site and across a portfolio and controls storage assets to maximize economic value over the life of a system. We also offer asset management services, taking responsibility of the physical operation of storage assets, offering customers “one neck to squeeze” for system performance. We are beginning to explore offering these services for projects that we don’t develop – for example to solar developers looking to add storage to assets that they have developed. We need to develop a pricing strategy for these services and hope to borrow best practices from analogous software and / or asset management industries.

Expected Deliverable: Presentation of a pricing strategy that balances the desire to achieve first mover advantage in this space with the need to execute on profitable projects. A pricing model with standard input fields that could be used on an ongoing basis would be ideal.

Stem project info coming soon!

As Washington state's oldest local energy company, with a 6,000-square-mile service area stretching across 10 Washington counties, primarily in the Puget Sound region, PSE serves 1.1 million electric customers and 790,000 natural gas customers.

Project Title: Aftermath of Clean Tech Startup Investing from 2008-2011


Detailed Project Description: Between 2008 and 2011, clean energy technology (“clean tech”) startups in the U.S. benefitted from record levels of investment led primarily by venture capital firms. While the level of investment has decreased in more recent years, several successful startups from this period remain and have continued to mature. The project team will assess the aftermath of this period of investing and identify successful startups and what has contributed to their prolonged success and survival. Additionally, the project team will highlight more recent trends, opportunities, and challenges in clean tech investment and recommend a strategy for electric utility participation.

As one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, SCE delivers power to over 14 million people in central, coastal, and southern California. It is the nation’s single largest purchaser of renewable power. SCE is also a leader in the deployment of energy storage and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. SCE is the main subsidiary of Edison International (EIX), a holding company with $11.5 billion in operating revenue, $1.3 billion in core earnings, and over 12,000 employees.

SCE's project scope is TBD.

The website will be updated with additional project details prior by 9/21/17.  Please contact Dan Bier (danbier@umich.edu) if you have any questions regarding the 2017 project lineup.