EPRI in smart grid projects


Arshad Mansoor,
Vice President of
Power Delivery and
Utilization sector,
Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 13, 2009 – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has been selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to facilitate the development of a smart grid interoperability roadmap for the electricity sector.

The ultimate aim of the program will be to provide a framework to aid in the modernization of the nation’s transmission and distribution system.

Scheduled to be completed by early summer, the interim roadmap will inventory existing standards, identify gaps, and list priorities for reconciling differences among current standards or developing entirely new ones.

“EPRI is in a unique position to launch this effort quickly and efficiently because our research and development programs have been focusing on a number of key aspects of the smart grid,” said Arshad Mansoor, vice president of the Institute’s Power Delivery and Utilization sector. “We are already collaborating with many of the key players in smart grid in our R&D, and we understand who must be involved and the direction in which we must move.”

The roadmap, which will be a major step toward harmonizing interoperability standards for the smart grid, will have consensus support of utility industry, independent system operators, manufacturers, standards development organizations, state regulators and consumer representatives.

EPRI has also recently selected the Morristown, New Jersey-based Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) as a smart grid demonstration host site. The project includes JCP&L’s 8 MW integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) management pilot as well as technologies to enhance peak load shifting, substation electricity storage and grid monitoring and control.

“EPRI’s selection of the IDER project highlights JCP&L’s commitment to developing industry leading standards and technologies to manage demand and operate a more efficient electric delivery system,” said Steve Morgan, president, JCP&L. “Evaluating and adopting smart grid technologies employed in the project is an important component in meeting New Jersey’s future energy needs.”

JCP&L, a subsidiary of Akron, Ohio based FirstEnergy Corp., serves 1.1 million customers in 13 New Jersey counties.