Benefits Analysis of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects

Benefits Analysis of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects

TitleBenefits Analysis of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsNihan Karali, Dong Zhang, GuoQi Ren, Brendan Shaffer, Kevin Clampitt, JianCheng Yu, Robert J Yinger, Chris Marnay
Conference Name2016 China International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CICED 2016)
Date Published08/2016
Conference LocationXi'an, China
Keywordsbenefits analysis, combined heat and power, demonstrations, microgrids, smart grid
Abstract

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.