Description of Demonstration Projects, Lessons Learned

Interoperability is a word, but what does it really mean when projects are put in place? This session will examine interoperability issues encountered during actual projects.

Participants in Demonstration Projects, Lessons Learned
Barry Haaser - Moderator
Lakeview Group
Rish Ghatikar - Speaker
Deputy Leader, Grid integration
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Smart Grid Standards and Systems Interoperability through OpenADR Conformance

The paper describes the process for Open Automated Demand Response Standards’ (OpenADR) conformance development for interoperability. The process aligns closely with the GridWise® Architecture Council’s and the NIST SGTCC recommendations for interoperability standards. The paper will look at standards development, certification and testing process, and test-tool and test-house requirements, utilizing the activities within standards development organizations, user-groups, industry alliances (e.g., The OpenADR Alliance), and national Smart Grid activities. The paper will look at the Conformance and Interoperability Process Reference Manuals, and related requirements in the OASIS Energy Interop Technical Committee for certification and interoperability of OpenADR standards to address consumers and stakeholders needs. The evaluation framework for OpenADR interoperability will be characterized through:

oTransport mechanisms
oStandards development
oBackward compatibility to legacy systems in California.
oHarmonization with other standards and systems (e.g., BACnet)
oSmart Grid implementations across industry domains.

The result is the interoperable information exchange among Smart Grid standards and technology implementations within the national and international standards activities. This process offers significant value to the consumers and builds trust in the system. The vendors can provide cost-effective solutions, which reduce the implementation costs and improves the operational efficiency of DR programs and automation.
SVP, Utility Sales & Chief Technology Officer

Automated Empowerment

The home energy management market has not been short of promise, with many companies claiming consumers would cut their bills by 5 percent to 15 percent if they had access to timely, accurate data from cleverly designed devices.

Yet turning this promise into reality has been difficult. As a result, industry commentators are now questioning whether or not the initial figures might have been too ambitious and whether consumers really want to invest time regularly to control their energy usage. Underlining the point, a recent Accenture study found that consumers spend, on average, a mere six minutes each year reviewing their utility bill. This low level of desire/engagement has seen the focus start to change as utilities look to distributed automation as a more effective way to enhance grid reliability, security and efficiency.

This session will review lessons learned from efforts to engage consumers in energy management programs and share best practices gleaned from introducing energy management technology in the home. In doing so, they will evaluate how much time we can really expect consumers to invest in controlling their energy usage and the role for automated solutions. Attendees will gain insights into consumer behavior and the role of automated energy management solutions within smart grid programs.
Scott Hublou - Speaker
SVP of Products, Co-Founder

Sustainable Residential Energy Management: A Blend of Behavioral Science and Automation

When it comes to the adoption of residential energy management, perhaps the biggest challenge is educating the market – from consumers to service providers. Many solutions provide homeowners with feedback on their energy use and then require them to act proactively upon the information. These systems also often require sacrifices in comfort.

In order for the smart grid to reach it’s full potential, an automated solution that provides value to the consumer as well as the home service provider and utility is essential. Additionally, taking the thermostat out of isolation and connecting it to the rest of the house so that it no longer acts as an island, separate from the factors influencing the temperature around it, is key.

In this session, Scott Hublou, SVP of products and co-founder of EcoFactor, will discuss an alternative model that uses behavioral science to understand the consumer, but automatically implements a program based on this information. This solution does not disrupt the homeowner’s lifestyle or preferences in any way but results in significant gains in energy efficiency.
Erik Gilbert - Speaker
Navigant Consulting

Interoperability Lessons from Ongoing Residential Smart Grid Deployments

This paper will examine the state-of-the-practice in two, multi-year residential smart grid deployments.

A program being deployed by a Northeastern IOU leverages customer provided broadband with Zigbee and ERT radios to interoperate with an existing automated meter reading (AMR) system. The deployment provides much of the functionality of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) but without the full investment or risk of stranded costs. A central objective of the pilot is to enable residential dynamic pricing (time-of-use and critical peak rates/rebates) and two-way direct load control.
Another program, being deployed by a Southwestern IOU, is testing five pilot customer groups with a mix of interoperability configurations. For example, customer broadband communications will be compared to AMI-backhaul for load control and customer information.
Both of these programs have technology interoperability assessment as a key aspect of their regulatory evaluations, in addition to the more traditional process and impact evaluations.
The paper will review the various technology configurations, and:
•examine interoperability issues that have been encountered
•review the preliminary (first year) energy and load impacts
•discuss the implications for the benefit-cost calculations
The results from these evaluations, and others occurring around the country, will help select and value the most beneficial smart grid approaches and technologies for future investment.

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