US-based backup power firm PowerSecure, a subsidiary of utility Southern Company, has announced a strategic partnership with industrial energy storage company Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to jointly develop and deploy behind-the-meter distributed energy resources across the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, PowerSecure will contribute project design, engineering and technology solutions to the collaboration while AMS will provide asset management services.

AMS’s battery systems provide ancillary services for utilities including spinning and non-spinning reserve, regulation up, regulation down, voltage support and reactive power.

PowerSecure, which manages around 1.5 GW of backup power systems for large customers such as data centres and the US military, said the two firms will “work to accelerate the cost-effective deployment of distributed energy resources by enhancing consumers’ ability to access market revenues, which will improve overall economics for future joint projects”.

AMS CEO Susan Kennedy called Southern Company’s leadership in distributed energy “game-changing” and said her firm was “immensely proud to be working with PowerSecure and Southern Company to offer customers some of the most advanced distributed energy technologies in the world”.