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ConnectTheGrid Overview Webinar - June 10, 2015

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Many states and cities across the US are promoting or succumbing to additional customer-sited Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”) such as solar and storage. As the number of grid interconnections increase, the following challenges (and effects) are arising:

1. Managing the manual approval process – straining the utility’s ability to meet service levels
2. Lack of consolidated data from installed DER’s – limiting the utility’s ability to plan its system, respond to outages, or account for resources in planning, operations and system load forecasting
3. Limited collaboration and communication tools between cities and utilities as they inspect systems – resulting in inefficiencies and redundancies
4. Difficult to forecast distributed generation – impacting system load requirements

As a refresher, Connect-the-Grid™ provides utilities, municipalities, and cooperatives the ability to:

1. Ease the application submission process through use of electronic forms by customers and contractors
2. Leverage workflow management features to better allocate staff resources
3. Utilize the master data set for DER asset tracking and reporting/dashboards
4. Deliver automatic notifications to utility staff when applications approach approval time requirements
5. Perform real-time distributed generation forecasting and more!

Contractors and electricity customers also benefit from the use of Connect-the-Grid™ through an improved customer experience.

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ConnectTheGrid Overview Webinar - June 10, 2015

  1. 1. BUSINESS CONSULTANTS DEEP TECHNOLOGISTS Improving the Distributed Generation Process with ConnectTheGrid June 10, 2015
  2. 2. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited.  Speakers  West Monroe Partners  Interconnection Process Findings  ConnectTheGrid  Features  Demo  Benefits  Exclusive Offer  Questions Agenda 2 Agenda
  3. 3. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. Speakers 3 Speakers Product manager, ConnectTheGrid Sean Murphy Lead technical architect, ConnectTheGrid Chris Miller Lead front-end developer & designer, ConnectTheGrid Kailin Johnson
  4. 4. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited.4 West Monroe Partners West Monroe Partners West Monroe Partners is large enough to tackle our clients’ toughest challenges and nimble enough to adapt to unique requirements with custom solutions. Established in 2002 Founded by a team from Arthur Andersen, West Monroe is a full-service business and technology consulting firm. People Over 500 career consultants, confident enough to engage in constructive debate and understand that it’s okay to disagree. Organization We are 100% employee owned. We answer to our people and our clients only. Global reach but geographically close We serve global clients, locally by partnering with BearingPoint Europe and Grupo Assa.
  5. 5. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited.5 Interconnection Process Findings West Monroe works with municipalities and utilities to improve DG interconnection processes  Led DG process improvement for utilities in IL, MN, WI  Project funded under DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge II  Helped create Community Solar Economic Model  Helped develop a runway for community solar projects within Cook County  Project funded under DOE SunShot 3  Functioned as technical advisor for NV Solar Rooftop Initiative  Improved DG business processes  Project resulted in a state-administered website for solar applicants  Improved interconnection business processes  Partnered with ComEd to design, develop, and deploy a DG enrollment solution
  6. 6. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. Standardized and automated applications can save customers, contractors, and utilities time and energy Application Customers would like to see transparency in application requirements and tracking throughout the process Information Access Timely application processing depends on established utility review and customer response expectations Processing Time Having defined procedures (forms, cost, time) and city coordination allows customers to efficiently complete their system go-live Inspections Through these engagements, we have identified 4 main opportunities for improving DG interconnection processes 6 Interconnection Process Findings
  7. 7.  A modular, cloud-based application suite  Focused on DG-related process improvement for utilities  Master data source for DG-related interconnection and reporting ConnectTheGrid 7
  8. 8. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. Contractor Interconnection Manager Technical Reviewer ConnectTheGrid facilitates interaction between three different roles 8 ConnectTheGrid  Overview
  9. 9. ConnectTheGrid: Demo 9
  10. 10. ConnectTheGrid: Benefits 10  Customers  Utility DG Interconnection  Utility IT
  11. 11. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. Faster application submission Understand your progress via an overall progress bar, section status icons, and field validation messages Reduced data entry Only fill out the necessary fields Quicker problem resolution Get answers right away with contextual help icons Increased transparency Understand where your application is at in the utility approval process Real-time notifications Receive real-time alerts whenever there is activity on your application Easier communication View messages from the utility and reach out with questions -- all in a simple-to-use message center 11 ConnectTheGrid  Benefits ConnectTheGrid benefits utility customers & contractors
  12. 12. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. Enhanced customer experience Driving customer satisfaction Reducing risk of errors Accelerated enrollment times Streamlining the interconnection process for customers and stakeholders Ongoing DER forecasting Improving planning accuracy and reliability 12 ConnectTheGrid  Benefits ConnectTheGrid benefits utility DG Interconnection Reduced soft costs Saving time and resources via online workflow and message center Increased DER transparency Supporting safety and reliability Customized reporting Meeting internal, regulatory and other stakeholder requirements
  13. 13. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited.13 Cloud Hosted  Minimal Setup ConnectTheGrid  Benefits Built on Microsoft Azure Ensures security and scalability Minimal IT Touch We only require a few things from the utility IT department to get going Fully Configurable We work with utilities to configure the application forms for their state, implement their interconnection approval workflow, and much more during our assessment Future Integration Start small by automating interconnection enrollment and processing Later, add point-in-time or real-time data integrations with other systems ConnectTheGrid benefits utility IT
  14. 14. ConnectTheGrid: Getting Started 14
  15. 15. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. On-Site Assessment On-Site User Training (optional) Production Deployment UAT Deployment Marketing ReviewMarketing Content Sharing 15 ConnectTheGrid  Getting Started ConnectTheGrid can go live within 4-6 weeks Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 Specification Gathering Change Management Planning Security Review Legal / Regulatory Review Solution Configuration User Acceptance Testing (UAT) Issue Resolution Support West Monroe Utility
  16. 16. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited. ConnectTheGrid is extending an exclusive offer 16 ConnectTheGrid  Getting Started Sign Up  Sign up for a 2-week trial of ConnectTheGrid by 7/31/15 Evaluate  After the trial, complete the product evaluation form  Help influence future requirements Save  If you proceed, we will waive the start-up costs  On-site assessment  Customization  Deployment
  17. 17. Questions? 17
  18. 18. © 2015 West Monroe Partners | Reproduction and distribution without West Monroe Partners prior consent is prohibited.18 Please reach out to us to schedule a demo or receive additional information ConnectTheGrid contact information Contact Us SEAN MURPHY Product Manager, ConnectTheGrid 630.363.6716 smurphy@westmonroepartners.com DEBORAH ZELTEN Business Developer 312.447.6557 dzelten@westmonroepartners.com West Monroe Partners SERVICES •DG Enrollment Process Optimization •Integration Services SOLUTION •ConnectTheGridTM Helping utilities manage DG systems from enrollment to operations

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