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  1. Naperville’s MUNI Marla Westerhold marla.westerhold@gmail.com In Slide Show mode, the slides and audio should start automatically. If this doesn’t happen after 10 seconds, Click above icon to Start

  2. City of Naperville Overview • 144,000+ residents • Population grew by 86,000 residents in 1980s and 1990s • 39 square miles • Located in DuPage and Will Counties • 4th Largest City in Illinois • Municipal-Owned Utility (MUNI)

  3. MUNI Regulations • Federal and State governments share in the regulation of electricity. • Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA 1978) allowed wholesale markets to be opened to nonutility generators. • FERC implements the Federal Power Act and regulates transmission and wholesale sales in IL. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 allowed FERC to order transmission access for wholesale power. • Transmission access allowed municipal utilities to become independent and build generation. • FERC 888 (1996) allows electric utilities to buy power on the open market. • State regulation of electricity is done by the Illinois Commerce Commission. • However, ICC does not regulate municipal utilities in IL.

  4. History of the MUNI in Naperville • MUNI started in 1899 • Purchased from IOU • Not-for-Profit Entity • Power is purchased wholesale and then distributed • Triple Function Utility • Electricity • Water Service • Wastewater Treatment

  5. Benefits of the MUNI vs. ComEd • Customers are dealing with a smaller organization • Lower electric rates for customers • The MUNI is a non-for-profit entity • Reduced outage times • SAIDI Index (annual) • 1992: 120 minutes • 2010: 18 minutes • Transparency Galvinpower.org

  6. Electric Facts & Figures • 57,000 electric meters • Peak demand of 388 MW • Annual usage of 1,550,000 MWh • Transmission Lines • 138 KV: 19 miles • 34.5 KV: 33 miles • 12.47 KV: 72 miles overhead and 800 miles underground • 9 Metering Points of Entry Naperville Substation

  7. Electric Power Contracts • J Aron & Goldman Sachs • 4-year contract will expire in 2011 • Wholesale, bulk power market • Joining IMEA: IL Municipal Electric Agency • Will become co-owners of generation • Includes a low-pollution coal plant in Southern IL • Should stabilize prices for customers • IMEA tracks where electricity comes from • 15% of power still purchased wholesale each month IMEA Participants

  8. Infrastructure Planning • 1960s: prior to growth, city decided that all future distribution lines should be underground • 1992: decision to invest more to counteract outages and started burying existing lines • 2008: $8M allocated for 5-year plan of improvements • 2009: Received ARRA/DOE grant funding for Smart Grid • $11M Grant • $11M match by City • Only community in IL to receive, 100 communities overall • Project completion in 3 years (instead of 10-15)

  9. Naperville Smart Grid Initiative • 57,000 smart meters will be installed- ALL customers • Residents with renewables with get meters first • Time of use rates being developed, though customers can choose if they prefer to keep existing rate structure • Utility expects a 3:1 ratio between peak and off-peak rates • Secure wireless access to data • Automation of entire system; software • Safeguards against hackers and theft • Project completion by April 2013 Naperville resident with smart meter at her house

  10. Smart Grid Customer Bill of Rights • A proactive measure for customer peace-of-mind • Right to be Informed • Right to Options • Right to Privacy • Right to Data Security

  11. Smart Grid Anticipated Benefits • 5% reduction in total energy usage • totaling 819,000 MWh over the period from 2012-2023 • 6.5% reduction in peak demand • from 400 MWh (projected) to 374 MWh by 2023 • $22.3 million in customer electricity cost savings.  • This is in addition to $450 million in savings compared to the projected cost of using Commonwealth Edison to supply Naperville’s electricity over the past 15 years. • 180,000 tons of carbon emission reductions • Increased business opportunities • 139 new jobs related to implementation of the smart grid

  12. More Smart Grid Benefits • Customers will save “significant amount” on monthly bills. • 5-15% projected savings • City expects to save $2-3M per year for the next 10-11 years • Greater efficiency of transmission • Faster outage response time • Smoothed out demand • Ability to absorb more intermittent sources such as wind and solar • Paves the way for Electric Vehicle integration • Streamlined billing

  13. Renewables in Naperville 2nd house with solar First house with solar Solar thermal panels on washrooms at Springbrook Prairie Forrest Preserve Solar panels at substation Substation Battery Storage for Solar

  14. Renewable Policies • Naperville does allow solar panels on roofs. • Wind turbines are being debated. • Naperville Plan Commission is currently working on guidelines for placement, maintenance of equipment and appearance for future solar and wind installations. • Homeowners who are net metering can sell electricity back to the city for same rate the customers purchase energy. • City has installed Solar PV panels at substation.

  15. Green Energy Options • Residents have option to purchase “green power” • According to Dept of Energy, Naperville ranks 5th in the country for participation • 10% participation • $5 per month for 200 kwh • City buys RECs through Community Energy • 70% IL wind • 1% IL solar • 29% hydro

  16. Thank You!