Smart Grid Now & The Future Ervin Taylor Regional Account Manager Milsoft Utility Solutions, Inc. What Is Smart Grid • The Term Means Something Different to Every Person • Continues To Be Defined • For the Utility – Real Time Two Way Communications / Monitor & Control What is Occurring On The System • For The Customer – Real Time Energy Usage Control Smart Grid Objectives • Less Need to Construct New Generation, Transmission, & Distribution Facilities • Grid Operational Efficiencies • Mitigate Climate Change • Deployment of Distributed Generation & Renewable Generation • Customer Service Reliability • Customer Power Quality Objectives Cont. • Relieve Customers Of The Need To Invest More Time/Effort To Monitor, Analyze, Manage Energy Consumption • Give Customers More Control Of Their Electricity Costs. • Customer Owned Generation • Plus Many More How Long Will It Take • There are so many grand objectives for the Smart Grid that are nowhere near attainable because they require profound institutional and regulatory changes in the industry. Further, they require an entirely unreasonable level of expertise and involvement by the individual consumer. Smart Grid For The Customer • Does The Customer Want Smart Grid? – Do They Understand? – Do They Want Control? – Do They Want The Utility To Be Able To Control Their Appliances (Big Brother)? – Will Their Cost Savings Be Worth The Effort & Expense? Basics For The Utility • Two-Way Digital TCP/IP Communications • Sensors / Controllers (SCADA, AMR/AMI) • Decision Software – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) – Outage Management (OMS) – Geographic Information System (GIS) AMR / AMI • The AMR systems that many electric utilities have installed or are now installing are also obsolete. They are just an electronic means of the same old approach to metering and billing. They will be replaced with intelligent electronic devices that can not only meter and communicate, but also analyze and automatically manage energy consumption. AMR / AMI Cont. • The Utility Will Need: – Two Way Communications – True Smart Meters – Interval Data What Is A Smart Meter? • A smart meter is an intelligent electronic device that can handle automated remote metering, on-site energy management capabilities, and power quality monitoring. Eventually they will need to be able to handle distributed generation, supplementary functionality like security monitoring, appliance monitoring, etc. Where Is The Smart Meter • Several “Limited” Smart Meters are available today. • True Smart Meters: None available commercially today, but several companies like GridPoint, Tendryl, Comverge, Consert and others have beta versions and are doing pilot projects around the country. GIS / System Model AMI & Outage Management Real Time Analysis Interfaces • For Utilities to make the most effective use of these products, they must be interfaced / integrated with scores of third party software solutions and other applications including: – Enterprise resource planning (ERP) – Customer information (and billing) systems (CIS) – Automatic Meter Information (AMI) and Automated Meter Data Management – Work & workforce management – New construction staking & field design – Field inspection & damage assessment – AMR / smart meters Interfaces - MultiSpeak • The MultiSpeak specification is a low-cost integration solution for electric utilities and their vendors because it does not require extensive customization or expensive tools such as messaging infrastructure to implement. • Software written to the MultiSpeak specification offers true “out-of-the-box” interoperability, which is vital to electric utilities and their vendors. Useful Websites • To See Who Is MultiSpeak Compliant: www.multispeak.org. For Utilities Product Testing • Additional Information / Presentations / Discussions www.milsoft.com Field & Utility Tools Data Management • Detailed Circuit Model in the field Damage Assessment Thank You Questions?