Grants - AWARD SUMMARY
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY
Southern California Edison Company (SCE) is proposing to conduct an end-to-end demonstration of a grouping of advanced Smart Grid technologies we believe will be needed to meet state and federal policy goals for the year 2020. What sets this particular project apart is SCE’s experience with advanced Smart Grid technologies gained through the DOE-co-funded Avanti distribution circuit, synchrophasor development and Edison SmartConnectTM smart meter program. Rather than just a “shallow” demonstration and examination of a few technologies, the ISGD will be a “deep vertical dive” that will more closely replicate and test all of the interlocking pieces of the end-to-end Smart Grid. This proposed demonstration will take place on a section of SCE’s grid from transmission through distribution to customer premise devices. Thus, the project will literally provide a living laboratory for accurately assessing the interoperability of, and interaction between, all of these various Smart Grid technologies and systems working at the same time. The ISGD will be deployed in the City of Irvine, an ideal demonstration site typical of most heavily populated areas of Southern California in climate, topography, environmental concerns and public policy issues. This demonstration is “shovel ready” in that it will utilize existing distribution facilities and all required state matching has already been approved in previous SCE proceedings for General Rate Case, Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Edison SmartConnectTM. Project Objectives First, the ISGD project will allow SCE, its partners and the DOE to verify the viability of Smart Grid energy technologies and cyber security when deployed in an integrated framework. Second, it will provide a means to quantify the costs and benefits of Smart Grid technologies in terms of overall energy consumption, operational efficiencies, and societal/environmental benefits. Finally, the ISGD project will allow SCE, its partners and the DOE to test and validate the scaleability of the several Smart Grid elements tested into other regions of the country. Project Description and Participants SCE’s ISGD project is a comprehensive demonstration starting with CAISO operator deep distribution situational awareness using phasor measurement and then extends beyond the substation to evaluate the latest generation of distribution automation including universal remote circuit interrupters (URCI), looped 12 kV distribution circuit topology, and advanced voltage control sensing and self-healing technologies. This ISGD scope continues into the home, by demonstrating the integration, monitoring, control and efficacy of the home area network (HAN) and consumer devices such as smart appliances, electric vehicles, energy storage and photovoltaic solar generation. Tying all this together is the Secure Energy Network (SENet) which will enable end-to-end interoperability and cyber-security, both of which are essential to Smart Grid development and adoption across the region. SCE’s project team is a combination of industry leaders each providing essential expertise. The team includes: Boeing, General Electric, SunPower Corporation, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), ITRON, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and University of California Irvine. Expected Results This project will demonstrate a scalable model of a Smart Grid System that can be used to validate the interoperability of emerging NIST and NERC standards for future Smart Grid systems and applications, including standards for implementation, integration, communications, cyber-security and interoperability. This project will also produce measured results on all benefits as outlined by the DOE in Appendix A of the FOA, and will help provide a blueprint to build the Smart Grid workforce of the future.
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