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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:

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

Project Summary:

FirstEnergy is "deploying its smart grid project in the central region of its Jersey Central Power & Light operating company. It is an Integrated Distributed Energy Resource (IDER) management smart grid project and will deliver operational and market program benefits by managing distributed energy resources (DER). Its focus is demand management with distributed resources and includes 23 MW of direct load control (DLC) equipment at 10,000 residential and approximately 100 commercial and industrial customer locations. The project will 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 provides monitoring and control through an Integrated Control Plat-form (ICP) which monitors 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 is 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 are 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


[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...