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Allegheny Power Demonstration Project (RDSI) - West Virginia Super Circuit
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Lead Organization:
Allegheny Power
HQ Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Project Contact Information:
Name:
 Thomas George
Email:
 Tom.George@netl.doe.gov
Address:

Matt Wakefield (mwakefield@epri.com)
Harley Mayfield (Hmayfie@alleghenypower.com)
Tom George (Tom.George@netl.doe.gov)

 
Project Summary:

The project was designed to demonstrate improved electricity distribution system performance, reliability, and security of electricity delivery through the integration of distributed resources and advanced technologies [1, 2]. Project Partners included:
- Allegheny Power
- Science Applications International Corporation
- West Virginia University
- WVU Advanced Power and Electricity Research Center
- North Carolina State University
- Augusta Systems, Inc.
- Tollgrade Communications

The project started from Oct. 2009 with an expected duration of 4.5 years. Initial budget for this project was $4 million Federal Fund and $5.4 million Industrial Fund [1].

Project technologies:
- Distributed Energy Resources (3x400kW biodiesel internal combustion engine; 1x250kW microturbine; 100kW solar PV system; 2x250kW 8hr energy storage)
- Multi-Agent Grid Management (MGM) System
- Demand Response and Automated Load Control
- Low-Cost Distribution Sensors •Fault Location & Prediction
- Dynamic Feeder Reconfiguration

The project aimed to: [3]
- Achieve greater than a 15 percent reduction in the peak power demand supplied by grid power on an Allegheny Power circuit and demonstrate that this can be done at a cost competitive with capacity upgrades
- Demonstrate the viability of advanced circuit control through multi-agent technologies
- Leverage advanced wireless communications to address interoperability issues between control and protection systems and distributed energy resources
- Demonstrate the system and societal benefits of the integrated operation of rotary and inverter-based distributed generation, energy storage, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), Automated Load Control (ALC), advanced wireless communications, and advanced system control technologies
- Demonstrate advanced operational strategies such as dynamic islanding and microgrid concepts and examine new ways to serve priority loads through the integration of automated load control with advanced system control
- Demonstrate the reliability benefits of dynamic feeder reconfiguration across multiple adjacent feeders (e.g., up to two additional feeders)

This project included two related components- a microgrid (a 160-kilowatt natural gas generator, a 40-kilowatt solar array and a lithium-ion battery that can put out 24 kilowatts of power for two hours, all expected to be wired into two commercial buildings at Research Ridge technology park in Morgantown) and distribution automation [4]. Quoting Nathan Bard, Super Circuit project manager for partner FirstEnergy, [4] had stated that the project expected to begin purchasing major equipment in January 2013 and having everything up and running in 2013, with results in 2014.

References:

[1] Steve Bossart. Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration Demonstration Projects. EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Advisory Meeting October 12-14, 2009.
[2] EPRI. Allegheny Power RDSI Demonstration Project “West Virginia Supercircuit Project”. Online [Available]: http://www.smartgrid.epri.com/doc/Allegheny%20RDSI%20Final.pdf
[3] Hakan Inan, West Virginia Super Circuit (WVSC), International Microgrid Symposium, San Diego, CA, September 2009. URL: http://der.lbl.gov/sites/der.lbl.gov/files/sandiego_inan.pdf
[4] WV Super circuit to demonstrate smart grid in Morgantown, The State Journal, January 2013. URL: http://www.statejournal.com/story/20393910/wv-super-circuit-to-demonstra...