USTDA supports smart grid development in China


Shijie Xiao,
Nanjing, China — (METERING.COM) — March 3, 2011 – The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a $660,000 grant to China’s State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI) to fund a feasibility study and pilot project on the implementation of a smart grid demand response management system.

The project will entail installation of Honeywell International and AECOM demand response management technologies in selected commercial and industrial pilot sites to demonstrate the feasibility of adopting U.S. smart grid solutions to China’s grid infrastructure. Both companies are also supporting the project.

The study’s outcomes will include a review of regulatory issues, the development of demand response benchmarks, and analysis of financing mechanisms that will assist SGEPRI in designing a national smart grid implementation strategy. Further, the demonstration will support the development of standards and regulations, and will enable the Institute to examine the opportunities and challenges businesses face in linking their energy and demand management efforts with an increasingly dynamic electrical grid.

The grant agreement stems from the China-U.S. Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), an initiative started by USTDA and the National Energy Administration of China to spur joint business development in the clean energy sector and to open China’s market to U.S.-manufactured technologies.

“Residential and industrial electricity customers and grid operators are forming important new relationships across China,” commented Shijie Xiao, president of SGEPRI. “Implementation of this pilot project will expose us to the latest solutions and help identify the most suitable technologies for China. The demonstration is expected not only to provide the first hand and real time data for a feasibility study to deploy demand response in the smart grid in China, but also to support the promulgation of relevant regulations and standards.”

SGEPRI is a subsidiary of the State Grid Corp. of China.