American Water to pilot program to connect water facilities to the smart grid


Paul Gagliardo,
Manager of
Innovation Development,
American Water
Voorhees, NJ, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 6, 2010 – American Water has entered into a collaboration with smart grid services network operator ENBALA on a pilot program using smart grid technology to capture untapped efficiencies between large regional water systems and the electricity network.

The pilot involves creating a simulated environment to connect smart grid technology to four of American Water’s facilities, and is designed to demonstrate the capacity for water systems to provide demand side services to the regional transmission organization (PJM) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in 13 states including in all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

“Demand side innovation is critical to making the electricity system more effective and efficient in North America. Water and wastewater resources can be very valuable tools in regional electricity management and we believe the adoption of smart grid technology is the key to capturing these opportunities,” said Ron Dizy, ENBALA president and CEO.

ENBALA’s power network enables large industrial loads such as water resources to communicate intelligently to the electricity network creating new opportunities for the respective stakeholders to benefit from each other. ENBALA and American Water will look to incorporate regional water plants as resource participants in the power network, and to supply robust, reliable and resilient regulation services to PJM. After a short period of calibration and qualification, these plants will then be able to contribute to quality management within the region.

“Water stewardship and quality control at the utility level requires a significant amount of energy. It is our obligation to explore new opportunities to improve the economic and environmental impact associated with our operations, for all stakeholders,” added Paul Gagliardo, American Water manager of innovation development.

ENBALA, formerly Sempa Power Systems, is continuing to qualify large municipal and industrial loads for similar programs in PJM, New England and Ontario.