Houston's Smart Grid: Transforming the Future of Electric Distribution & Energy Consumption
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Houston's Smart Grid: Transforming the Future of Electric Distribution & Energy Consumption Houston's Smart Grid: Transforming the Future of Electric Distribution & Energy Consumption Presentation Transcript

  • PUCT StaffSeptember 19, 2011
  • Current Status  Advanced Metering System  1.6 million smart meters deployed  Smart Meter Texas portal deployed  Meter accuracy was validated by PUCT/Navigant Consulting  Benefits achieved  1.5 million meters being read for billing electronically  1.4 million service orders completed electronically  Average electronic service order execution time is 30 minutes  1,500 HAN devices deployed and functioning  About 150 direct and 400 indirect jobs have been created/retained as of Q2 2011  Project is on Schedule  $200M DOE grant accelerated project completion from 2014 to 2012  2.2 million meters will be deployed by mid-2012 2
  • How are we doing?● Deployment of Smart Meters is on schedule (73 percent complete)● Design of Advanced Distribution Management System is underway● Installation of Intelligent Grid infrastructure is underway with work in six substations and installation of 186 switching devices complete● Invoiced $190M and received $190M in reimbursement from our $200M Department Of Energy Smart Grid Investment Grant● Recognized globally as a leader in smart metering 3 View slide
  • $200M DOE Stimulus GrantDOE Grant Awarded – December 24, 2009Advanced Metering System (AMS) Accelerate installation of 2.2 million AMS meters from 2014 to 2012  Moved from 44,000 meters/month to 80,000 meters/month  Moved from 120 cell relays/month to 200 cell relays/month Impact of DOE grant was incorporated into our surcharge reconciliation, reducing the cost of AMS to end-use consumersIntelligent Grid (IG) Automate 226 distribution circuits and 29 distribution substations Install software systems to monitor and control the smart grid Establish bi-directional communication network to support IG, by leveraging the AMS communications system 4 View slide
  • Global Recognition• Our Energy InSight Center has hosted nearly 700 tours with local, state, national, and international guests  Delegations from many countries (France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Russia, South Africa, UK) visited our facilities in the past year  Three FERC commissioners made site visits  Representatives of the Department of Energy spent three days on site  We participated in a US delegation to Russia on behalf of US Energy Association• A successful audit by the Inspector General of the Department of Energy was conducted in December• A media celebration was held in February commemorating the 1,000,000th meter installed, with widespread coverage by media channels• A press conference with DOE Deputy Secretary Poneman was held in July to announce consumer adoption of HAN devices with widespread coverage by media channels 5
  • Components of our Advanced Metering System (AMS) Data Collection Meter Data Digital Engine Management Communications (Itron DCE 3.0 System Backhaul SP1) (eMeter MDM 6.2)Itron Open WayHW 2.0 SR 3.0 Legacy Systems Wireless Communications Environment Legend (GE WiMax with GSM Smart Meter Backup) Existing Texas Portal Recently Deployed Combined with back office computer systems and integration, our AMS provides:  Daily register reads  Remote connect / disconnect / on-demand reads  Daily 15 minute interval reads  Access to data via Smart Meter Texas portal 6
  • Some Components of ourIntelligent Grid (IG) Combined with back office computer systems, our IG technology, when fullydeployed, will automatically identify the location of power outages, isolate faultedsections of the main feeder portion of the network and re-route power from other sources, essentially “healing” the system. 7
  • Consumer benefits of smart meters Available NOW  Remote meter reading  Faster, automated move-in/out, switching  Pre-paid service, time-of-use rates  15-minute usage data to promote energy conservation  Easier integration of distributed generation and renewables Available SOON 71 percent of participants in CNP’s  Automatic outage notification In-Home Display pilot program Available in the FUTURE indicated that they have…”changed  Energy analysis and cost comparison tools their electric consumption behavior…” as a result of the information available.  Support for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles  Consumer remote control of thermostats and appliances (HAN)  Energy management systems  Ability to participate in Demand Response programs
  • Consumer benefits of intelligent grid Initial Benefits  More precise identification of outage locations, resulting in faster restoration of electric service  Reduction in time required to perform circuit switching to isolate fault Long-term Benefits  Improved reliability and faster restoration, especially during major weather events  Enhanced and improved customer communications and notifications
  • The Customer Benefits in aMore Robust Electricity Market Educate Encourage consumers about demand electricity usage response Help consumers save money on utility bills Facilitate Distributed Generation and Enhance customer Improve Renewables service reliability 10
  • Energy Efficiency (EE)Customer Engagement ProgramsThe following initiatives involve direct customer engagement: • 2011  Residential Energy Feedback R&D Project - Approx. 800 IHDs  In-Home Display REP Pilot Program - Approx 1,500 IHDs  “Smart Partners” R&D Project – Residential Direct Load Control Demand Response – (39 thermostats, 104 Switches) – Residential/Small Commercial Standby Generator Demand Response – (3 Homes) • 2012  Energy Efficiency Ambassador Program: Community-based outreach to educate customers on energy conservation, smart meters and PEVs  Retail Electric Provider (REP) Pilot Program - $3.5 MM¹ set aside program for the REPs: structured as a cafeteria plan to pick participation In-Home Displays (IHDs) Time-of-Use Rates (TOUs) Direct Load Control A/C Tune Ups (1) 2012 Budget could include 25K IHDs or 18K DLC/LM or Load Management 70K Tune Ups depending on participation from REPs 11
  • What’s Next? Smart Meters Are Just The BeginningSmart Meters Phase 1: HAN Devices Smart Appliances Customer Insight Intelligent Grid Intelligent Load Shed Price control / load control Phase 2: Customer Electric vehicles Storage Engagement Phase 3: Micro Grids Customer Co-Creator Advanced Self-Healing Grid of Value Aggregated Demand Management2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2020 12
  • DOE Acknowledgement andDisclaimerPer the DOE Grant Agreement,: “If you publish or otherwise make publicly available the results of the work conducted underthe award, an acknowledgment of Federal Support and a disclaimer must appear in thepublication of any material, whether copyrighted or not, based on or developed under thisproject, as follows:”Acknowledgment: “This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energyunder Award Number [DE-OE0000210]”Disclaimer: “This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of theUnited States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof,nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legalliability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information,apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringeprivately owned rights. Referenced herein to any specific commercial product, process, orservice by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constituteor imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government orany agency thereof. The views and opinion of authors expressed herein do not necessarilystate or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.” 13