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US utility Ameren Corporation has partnered with software engineering firm Opus One Solutions to pilot a transactive energy marketplace.

The two will test blockchain ledger systems by building the marketplace at Ameren’s Technology Applications Center in Illinois.

The Center is claimed to be the only utility-scale microgrids in the nation capable of serving live (paying) customer loads on an actual utility distribution feeder.

Opus One’s GridOS platform will be used to identify the value each microgrid DER provides to the local distribution feeder and the customers that it supplies.

The partnership is part of efforts by Ameren to innovate its business models as well as build a smarter and clean energy infrastructure.

The main aim is to strengthen the relationships between the utility and its newly empowered consumers.

Ron Pate, Senior Vice President of Operations and Technical Services with Ameren Illinois, said: “Identifying the value local distributed energy resources can provide to our distribution system and the customers it serves, helps inform how and where customers should invest in clean renewable power.

“Transactive energy markets will ensure that distributed energy resources are compensated appropriately, for the services that they provide.”