Smart Grid: Austin Energy: A real-life advanced distribution management system (ADMS)

 

“Austin Energy hopes their ADMS will help them achieve a number of energy efficiency, profitability and customer service goals by 2020, such as”:

 

  • 35% renewable energy component in its energy mix
  • The deployment of 200 Megawatts (MWs) of solar power, with half of that being installed on roof tops
  • An 800 MW peak demand reduction
  • Overall, customer satisfaction of 82% as measured by a variety of surveys
  • Maintain reliability goals of  System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) of 60 minutes and of System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) of 0.8 interruptions
  • All of these goals must be achieved while meeting affordability measures of no more than an average 2% rate increase per year and ensuring that the average residential bill is in the bottom 50% of the residential bills in Texas.

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A Deeper look into the impacts of clean tech on Germany

“The web is littered with conflicting opinion pieces on the German experience — some claiming the country’s aggressive promotion of renewables is anoncoming economic disaster, and some saying those concerns are far overblown, if not totally false. So what are we to believe?

In this week’s show, we’ll look at Germany’s evolving relationship with renewables, the impact on electricity prices, and the outlook for its nuclear phase-out.” — The ENERGY GANG