|Title||Benefits Analysis of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Nihan Karali, Dong Zhang, GuoQi Ren, Brendan Shaffer, Kevin Clampitt, JianCheng Yu, Robert J Yinger, Chris Marnay|
|Conference Name||2016 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CICED 2016)|
|Conference Location||Xi'an, China|
|Keywords||benefits analysis, combined heat and power, demonstrations, microgrids, smart grid|
Three example benefits analysis of smart grid demonstration projects are reported. Two US projects are both in Irvine, CA. Southern California Edison's Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration Project achieved excellent results for Volt-VAR control, but 9 demonstration zero net energy homes proved far from economic. A microgrid controller being developed for the UC Irvine campus promises valuable reliability benefits, and its combined heat and power plant delivers significant ongoing benefits. At the Tianjin Eco-city, multiple demonstrations have been effective technically, but fall short of economic viability.