NYISO & 8 transmission owners deployed new grid sensors and smart grid technologies across the state – FierceSmartGrid

NYISO & transmission owners constructed a new control center and smart grid installations with a $38 million Recovery Act investment that will result in an estimated $200 million in savings throughout New York annually.

The new construction is designed with the intention to  improve the reliability of the power grid and streamline the efficiency of power transmission.  More specifically,Barbara Vergetis Lundin in the article highlights: “installing new transmission capacitors to increase the ability of grid operators to regulate transmission voltages, as well as advanced software and tools that help NYISO engineers conduct extensive and detailed system modeling and analysis”.

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First and largest smart-grid-connected streetlight project in U.S.

What makes the latest project from Florida Power & Light and Silver Spring Networks so unique?  It is the “single largest public lighting network to be deployed in North America, and notably, the first to ride on the same network used for smart metering”, according to Sterling Hughes, Silver Spring’s senior director of advanced technology.

So what are the benefits of having a lighting system on a smart metering network?

  • Better and more efficient diagnostics
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Planned operational improvements
  • Adding lighting control to an existing smart meter network shouldn’t be too much of an added cost
  • A SilverLink Sensor Network is designed with networking nodes programmed as “virtual sensors” to parse and prioritize certain data for different operations

It is important to note that having “digitally controllable LEDs” is essential for keeping costs low on installing a wireless connection.

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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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