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PNM Smart Grid Demonstration Project: High-Penetration PV thru Grid Automation and Demand Response
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Lead Organization:
HQ Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Project Contact Information:

Matt Wakefield (mwakefield@epri.com)
Tel: 865-218-8087
Steve Willard (steve.willard@pnmresources.com)
Tel: 505-241-2566

Project Summary:

This project started in 2009. It develops and deploys an advanced distributed control and communication infrastructure with the goal of optimizing renewable resource utilization and system benefits. It integrates high-penetration distributed Photovoltaic (PV) systems, local storage, and substation-sited PV and storage with both local distribution system management and overall load management at the system level. At the local level, the project aims at evaluating smart inverter interface technologies to enhance system benefits, applying previous work in the area of smart inverter interface software to residential and substation-based PV. This project aims to match local loads with rate structures to identify and resolve technical issues related to high penetration of renewable generation at the utility distribution level. It investigates and analyzes additional consumer-based demand response opportunities using a modern communication infrastructure integrated with a Home Area Network (HAN), commercial building control systems and smart devices [1].

PNM Project Features [2]:
• Makes use of a Greenfield Development Model focused on renewables and efficient energy
• Continues development of Sandia National Labs (SNL)/PNM Smart Inverter research
• Makes use of SNL demonstration lab and focused expertise to help model and prototype technologies prior to implementation
• Makes use of latest analytical software tool and analysis developed by EPRI
• Defines requirements to create a firm peaking PV/DG resource
• Forms collaborations with leading industry players based on front end technology mapping screened against customer and utility requirements

Additional Information:

PNM News Released, Nov 2009. URL: http://www.pnm.com/news/2009/1124_stimulus_funds.htm


[1] EPRI, "EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Update", February 2011, URL: http://smartgrid.epri.com/doc/EPRI%20Smart%20Grid%20Advisory%20Update%20...
[2] Jon Hawkins and Steve Willard, PNM/EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration, February 3, 2009. URL: http://www.smartgrid.epri.com/doc/4%20EPRI%20SG%20Advisory%20Meeting%20P...