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FirstEnergy Smart Grid Demonstration Project: Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) Management
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Lead Organization:
Jersey Central Power & Light/ FirstEnergy
HQ Location:
New Jersey, New Jersey
Project Contact Information:
 Joe Waligorski

Wakefield (mwakefield@epri.com)
Tel: 865-218-8087
Joe Waligorski (waligorskij@firstenergycorp.com)
Tel: 330-384-5743

Project Summary:

FirstEnergy had been deploying its smart grid project in the central region of its Jersey Central Power & Light operating company. This was an Integrated Distributed Energy Resource (IDER) management smart grid project and was designed to deliver operational and market program benefits by managing distributed energy resources (DER). Its focus has been demand management with distributed resources and included 23 MW of direct load control (DLC) equipment at 10,000 residential and approximately 100 commercial and industrial customer locations. The project was to give the utility the ability to monitor and control non-critical customer electrical loads at a granular level via two-way communications architecture. The IDER architecture can provide monitoring and control through an Integrated Control Plat-form (ICP) which would monitor the local distribution circuits for system reliability while also monitoring for wholesale energy market opportunities. The ICP can aggregate multiple DER for optimal wide area management. This smart grid project was designed to provide utility operations with real-time system status based on pre-defined utility operational rules with management through the ICP. Other DER technologies, including electricity storage, permanent peak load shift devices in the form of ice storage as well as distribution line sensors, substation meter/monitors and photovoltaics were being added to the system to maximize the lessons of this smart grid project [1].

Project Overview [2]:
Phase 1 (2008) – Project design, framework development, demonstration selections
Phase 2 (2009-2011)– Demonstration implementations, refinement of technologies and systems, analytical development, industry coordination
Phase 3 (2012) – Documentation, lessons learned, standards coordination

In [3] a case study had been described featuring an Integrated Control Platform Visualization (ICPV) tool deployed and used in an area of JCP&L. The ICPV was developed with BPL Global to provide an integrated, comprehensive view of information related to the operation of the distribution system. The resulting system can provide near real-time information about the condition of the distribution system that has not been accessible before. One example of using this tool was that JCP&L was able to quickly address and resolve a voltage problem by utilizing the ICPV.

Additional Information:

Relevant resource: A Case Study on Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) Management; Device Installation and Commissioning: FirstEnergy Smart Grid Demonstration - http://www.epri.com/abstracts/Pages/ProductAbstract.aspx?ProductId=00000...


[1] EPRI, "EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Update”, February 2011. URL: http://smartgrid.epri.com/doc/EPRI%20Smart%20Grid%20Advisory%20Update%20...
[2] EPRI Smart Grid Advisory Meeting, June 2009. URL: http://www.smartgrid.epri.com/doc/2-FE%20Smart%20Grid%20Demonstration%20...
[3] EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative 5-Year Update, August 2013. URL: http://www.epri.com/abstracts/Pages/ProductAbstract.aspx?ProductId=00000...