Energy Acuity is the leading provider of power generation and power delivery market intelligence. Below are the Top 10 Smart Grid Projects viewed on Energy Acuity’s Market Intelligence platform over the past 6 months.

Source: Energy Acuity Grid Platform

#1 — Xcel Energy/Colorado Public Service Advanced Grid Intelligence System (AGIS) (AMI, Communications Network, Cyber Security, Feeder Automation, Voltage Optimization)

💥 Status: Planning Stage

Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) filed this application requesting that the Commission approve its three-part Advanced Grid Intelligence and Security (AGIS) initiative to implement (1) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), (2) Integrated Volt-Var Optimization (IVVO) programs, and (3) an advanced communications network known as the Field Area Network (FAN). The purpose of this AGIS initiative is to transform the electrical distribution system to enhance security and efficiency, to safely integrate more Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and to enable improved customer products and services.

The projects will require an estimated capital investment of $562 million, to be installed from 2016 to 2022. Each component of the program will be installed in phases. The first AMI meter is anticipated to be installed in 2018, with 95% completion by 2020. IVVO will be installed between 2017 and 2022.

#2 — Salt River Project DMS Project (Feeder Automation)

💥 Status: Implementation Stage

Salt River Project (SRP) does not have a distribution management system (DMS), but has been in discussion with, and has seen demonstrations from, four or five vendors in an attempt to identify their DMS strategy.

SRP is studying the functionality they would be trying to gain from a DMS, and how to link the system with their existing OSI SCADA solution as well as their home-grown outage management system.


#3 — Entergy AMI (AMI, Communications Network, Meter Data Management System)

💥 Status: Implementation Stage

Honeywell announced an advanced meter project with Entergy Services Inc. valued at up to $250 million to help improve electricity service and reliability for the utility operating companies’ customers across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.


#4 — AEP Ohio gridSMART Phase 2 (AMI, Customer Information/Billing System, Feeder Automation, Voltage Optimization)

💥 Status: Implementation Stage

AEP Ohio filed on 9/13/2013 with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) a plan to broaden the company’s successful gridSMART® program to communities throughout its Ohio service territory.

The plan includes the installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to approximately 900,000 customers; distribution automation circuit reconfiguration (DACR) to improve the reliability of 250 distribution circuits, and volt-var optimization (VVO) to better control the voltage of 80 distribution circuits. Following regulatory review and approval, AEP Ohio anticipates the project will take four years to complete.

As of March 2015, AEP Ohio was still working toward approval of the plan and is in stipulation discussions with Intervenors. The current settlement position is to agree to a limited deployment. For instance, while the original application called for Phase 2 of the project to install advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for 894,000 customers in the most populated areas, the current settlement position proposes installation of AMI in the Columbus area of approximately 135,000 meters. Additionally, AEP’s current Settlement position is to agree to work with the PUCO Staff and the CRES to execute the TOU Transition Plan previously outlined in their Application, but would agree to maintain an AMI simple TOU Rate without in-home equipment until the PUCO deems the CRES TOU programs as “sufficiently competitive”. As part of a Settlement, AEP Ohio would agree to create a gridSMART Collaborative and maintain a web portal that is customer focused, displays AMI interval data day-after, and would gather input from Collaborative.


#5 — FirstEnergy Ohio Distribution Platform Modernization Plan (Distribution Management System, Feeder Automation, Outage Management System, SCADA)

💥 Status: Planning Stage

FirstEnergy Corps Ohio Utilities filed a grid modernization plan with the Public Utilities of Ohio (PUCO) on 12/1/17 to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages across the state. In conjunction with their Ohio subsidiaries, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison, First Energy is looking to invest particularly in distribution system improvements coupled with smart grid technology. The plan includes $30M investment in SCADA and $30M investment in ADMS technology over the next 3 years.


Source: Energy Acuity


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