Knoxville, TN, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 18, 2009 - Electricité de France’s (EDF) smart grid project has been selected by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as its fifth – and first international – smart grid demonstration host site.

EDF’s smart grid project will develop a distributed energy resource (DER) controller integrating nine families of DERs, including all four DER domains (demand response, storage, distributed generation and renewable generation).

The site is also the project’s first demonstration with 100 percent Internet Protocol (IP) based WAN communications and security.

EPRI’s smart grid demonstration project is conducting several regional demonstrations focusing on the integration of DERs. The aim is to create a “virtual power plant” to help to define roles for distributed resources and integration requirements in different market environments, determine requirements for demand side technology integration with system operation, and provide the basis for standards development that will facilitate widespread deployment and integration of distributed resources.

The first four host sites are at American Electric Power Service, Consolidated Edison, FirstEnergy and PNM Resources.   

The remaining host site projects – between three and seven – are expected to be identified by April and approved by August 2010.