KCP&L and Exelon selected as EPRI smart grid demonstration host sites


Knoxville, TN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 25, 2010 – Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) and Exelon have been selected by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as the seventh and eighth smart grid demonstration host sites.

KCP&L’s “Green Impact Zone” demonstration project is aimed at the integration of distributed resources into all levels of grid operations including market trading, generation dispatch, distribution operations, and consumer interaction in order to create an end-to-end smart grid from SmartGeneration to SmartConsumption built around a major SmartSubstation. KCP&L will work with select partners to demonstrate and test renewable energy and distributed generation sources in a way that will provide benefits to an underserved population in a designated “Green Impact Zone,” while enabling key stakeholders to better understand and demonstrate the technologies, business models, and prices required to further commercialize the concepts.

Initial efforts of this effort are related to development of a research plan that helps to meet the goals of the DOE “Metrics and Benefits” plan. Evaluation and development of use cases using the IntelliGrid methodology will be near-term activities later this year.

The Exelon project is a collaborative effort bringing together ComEd and PECO technologies and applications to further the industry in regards to the integration of distributed energy resources. The ComEd Customer Application Pilot (CAP) is a comprehensive customer behavior study that will provide research to understand consumer responses to varying types of pricing programs in combination with enabling technology and education in an opt-out format. The project will enhance the assessment of ComEd’s AMI options and support other utilities experience-based data on engaging customers via technology, education, and time-based pricing. The PECO demonstration is a project with Drexel University that will develop and deploy an advanced distributed energy management system to demonstrate economic and environmental value of integrating and optimizing distributed energy resources through a “Smart Campus” microgrid capable of aggregating dispatchable demand reduction resources to the regional grid.

The ComEd CAP project has started its first billing cycle as part of this project and the analytic evaluation plan is being finalized to evaluate post-summer performance and end-of project performance in 2011. The research activities for the PECO “Smart Campus” are also under development.

The previously selected host sites are at American Electric Power, Consolidated Edison, FirstEnergy, PNM Resources, Electricité de France (EDF) and ESB Networks.

Technical review of the final set of three large scale smart grid demonstration host site projects – at Southern California Edison, Duke Energy, and Southern Company – is currently underway.

EPRI’s smart grid demonstration initiative is a five-year collaborative research effort focused on the design, implementation, and assessment of field demonstrations to address prevalent challenges with integrating distributed energy resources in grid and market operations to create a “virtual power plant.”