Welcome to this EPRI webcast on smart grid research. I am Matt Wakefield, Program Manager of our Smart Grid demonstrations.
The driving focus of EPRI’s five-year smart grid demonstration project is a result of the PRISM analysis and the smart grid demonstration projects are focused on Integration of distributed energy resources. One of the challenges with integration of distributed energy resources is management of those resources. How does a utility integrate tens of thousands or possibly millions of end points in the same manner as conventional generation. One goal is to manage these resources as a “Virtual Power Plant” so they can be managed by the utility system operations group in the same manner as a conventional power plant. To achieve the goal of a virtual power plant, there are numerous challenges and the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration project is focused on leveraging existing and emerging technologies and standards to advance the integration and interoperability of distributed energy resources and associated systems. One of the most significant enablers of a smart grid is advancements in communication technologies. This initiative will leverage information and both private and public communication technologies and infrastructures as part of this effort. In order to identify challenging smart grid projects that will support our goals, we have several criteria that the smart grid projects must meet. One of the criteria is that a smart grid project must integrate of multiple types of distributed energy resources. When we talking about distributed energy resources, it includes four main areas: Distributed Generation, Renewable Generation, Storage and Demand Response. Another key criteria is that the projects must have multiple levels of integration from the customer, distribution system, transmission system, system operator, utility enterprise systems, market operator and so on. By deploying projects with multiple levels of system integration, we are challenged to integrate systems that historically have not been integrated and by doing so lends itself to create additional benefits to the electric power industry and key stakeholders.
EPRI is leading and participating in numerous smart grid coordination activities. We have developed a smart grid use case repository defining functional requirements for smart grid applications and contributed that effort publicly for the benefit of the industry. We are developing a Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology and Framework jointly with the US Department of Energy for smart grid applications. EPRI also has a smart grid Peer Review team to evaluate smart grid projects and activities as well as participates in other smart grid advisory groups. Several of the key smart grid stakeholders EPRI coordinates with are shown on this slide and for the sake of time, I won’t read the names or acronyms of those entities on this slide. EPRI plays an important part to leverage these relationships to improve and enhance the research that we perform for our funding electric utility members.
Thank you for your time during this presentation. I covered a wide range of topics. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them or get back to you with an answer. At this time, I would like to open the call for questions. If there are any follow-up questions, please feel free to contact me. My email address and phone number are shown here. email@example.com; 865-218-8087.
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EPRI Smart Grid Demonstrations <ul><li>Deploying the Virtual Power Plant </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate Integration and Interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage information & Communication Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of Multiple Types of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): </li></ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Demand Response </li></ul><ul><li>Renewable Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Levels of Integration - Interoperability </li></ul>
Smart Grid Demonstration Host-Sites <ul><li>8 Host Sites Identified </li></ul><ul><li>All Host Sites Selected by August </li></ul><ul><li>All members gain benefit of all projects </li></ul>
Industry Coordination <ul><li>Use Case and Information Repository </li></ul><ul><li>Cost Benefit Analysis Methodology & Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Groups for Smart Grid Activities and Projects </li></ul>
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