Smart meters and customer system programs were deployed by 65 of the projects that received funding through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grants. This report features the experiences of four projects with customer education and outreach: Central Maine Power, Entergy New Orleans, Reliant Energy Retail Services, and Sioux Valley Energy.
Honeywell’s Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) project demonstrates utility-scale performance of a hardware/software platform for automated demand response (ADR) for utility, commercial, and industrial customers. The case study is now available for downloading.
Idaho Power Company (IPC) has developed a Renewables Integration Tool (RIT) that enables grid operators to use wind energy more cost-effectively to serve electricity customers in Idaho and Oregon. The case study on this project is now available.
Dominion Virginia Power, Fishermen’s Energy of New Jersey, and Principle Power, Inc. will each receive up to $46.7 million over the next four years to advance their projects in the second phase of the funding opportunity. The second phase will include follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment in order to achieve commercial operation by 2017.
On July 8, Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce announced more than $14 million in smart grid matching grants from the State’s Clean Energy Fund. This funding will help three utilities – Avista Corp., Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish Public Utility District – test and deploy new energy storage technologies designed to help integrate renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar onto the electric grid. The aim is to support greater deployment of these technologies and build a grid that is more efficient, flexible and resilient to the effects of climate change.
Synchrophasors are starting a revolution, enabling a level of observation and control never envisioned when the grid was designed. Real-time awareness of the grid’s operating conditions helps to enhance reliability and assists in integrating clean energy technologies.