The Southern California Edison (SCE) smart grid demonstration host site is part of an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) multiyear initiative with a collaborative group of utility participants. SCE’s Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration (ISGD) project’s objective is to verify, quantify, and validate the feasibility of integrating multiple smart grid technologies to represent the future of an integrated electric distribution system that is expected to be more reliable, secure, economic, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly than those in use today. The ISGD project is in the late stages of planning for most of the sub-projects and early stages of engineering and design on others. DOE’s Metrics and Benefits Reporting Plan was formally approved on June 29, 2011.
The SCE project is a component of an EPRI multiyear collaborative initiative with utility participants focused on integrating multiple smart grid technologies in the same area to determine their performance and predict their impact on the customer as well as the utility infrastructure. The project includes a variety of resources such as self-healing distribution circuits, voltage conservation, demand response, energy storage, and distributed and renewable generation. These resources—if equipped with sensing, controls, and communication—could be aggregated into a distribution circuit of the future, showing increased energy efficiency, higher reliability, and fewer customer outages.