Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 10, 2012 - The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative has now moved past the half-way mark, and research has progressed into a stage where solid results are becoming available, according to the latest update.

While two utilities joined the initiative in 2011, Ergon Energy from Australia and Hawaiian Electric Company, others have been actively deploying equipment to the point where data collection and analysis have enabled completion of case studies focused on specific portions of the demonstrations, the report says.

The initiative is a seven-year international collaborative research demonstrating the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects. In total 23 utilities are participating with a common goal of shared learning covering a wide breadth of technology, deployment, and program results.

Some of the case studies are:

  • Simulation of community energy storage by American Electric Power
  • Remote dispatch of customer-owned resources and assessment of achieving increased reliability with distributed energy resources by Con Edison
  • Response precision of an open architecture virtual power plant by Electricité de France
  • Smart green circuits, distribution volt-var control integrated with wind turbine inverter control, and smart meter customer behavior trial by ESB Networks
  • Impact of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on demand response by Commonwealth Edison
  • Integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) management by FirstEnergy
  • Customer acceptance and technology adoption by Kansas City Power & Light
  • Use of storage for simultaneous voltage smoothing and peak shifting by Public Service of New Mexico
  • Conservation voltage reduction and volt-var optimization by Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Capacitor bank health monitor by Southern Company.

During this year the highest three priority research topics under investigation are distribution management system (DMS) applications, DMS integration, and cybersecurity for field equipment.