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Advanced Utility Infrastructure The Foundation for an Intelligent Electricity Delivery System. “Energy Opportunities for West Virginia” Summit Teaming to Win / WVHTC Foundation May 27, 2009. John C. Ahr Allegheny Power. Allegheny Power. Allegheny Power.

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advanced utility infrastructure the foundation for an intelligent electricity delivery system

Advanced Utility InfrastructureThe Foundation for an Intelligent Electricity Delivery System

“Energy Opportunities for West Virginia” Summit

Teaming to Win / WVHTC Foundation

May 27, 2009

John C. Ahr

Allegheny Power

allegheny power
Allegheny Power

Allegheny Power

Allegheny Power delivers low-cost, reliable electric service to approximately 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.

West PennPower

Potomac Edison

Monongahela Power

  • Allegheny Power consistently wins high marks for customer satisfaction.
  • First in the Northeast Region in the 2008 TQS Research, Inc. Benchmark Survey of 60 large utilities.
  • Criteria of price, reliability, energy efficiency programs, power quality, account representative performance, handling inquiries, and image.
challenges to the system
Challenges to the System

Emerging delivery system requirements include:

  • Improve electricity reliability for the customer
  • Achieve higher levels of system efficiency
  • Increase energy conservation
  • Provide demand management programs
  • Support smart meters
  • Offer alternative rate structures
  • Furnish customer load / time-of-day usage data
  • Integrate usage data into multiple data systems
  • Monitor circuits to better achieve service restoration (self-healing)
  • Connect with end-use devices at the customer

These result in the need for a more intelligent grid.

aui is ap s solution
AUI is AP’s Solution

Advanced Utility Infrastructure is AP’s:

  • Comprehensive approach to smart grid
  • Technology platform for addressing current grid concerns as well as incorporating future components and capabilities
  • Framework for meeting important customer, regulator and operational demands:
    • Demand-side management
    • System efficiency
    • Electricity reliability
    • Security and supply chain
    • Energy conservation
aui provides
AUI Provides
  • Comprehensive, interoperable, intelligent solution that incorporates a host of devices important to utility operations beyond just meters
  • Unified network for the distributed integration, processing and communication of all types of data
  • Effective, real-time monitoring and control
  • Sufficient bandwidth on an as-needed basis
aui is built upon
AUI is Built Upon
  • Platform technologies from Augusta Systems that enable plug-and-play integration of data from different devices and field-level processing and control
  • Multi-vendor monitoring and control devices to increase deployment flexibility
  • As-needed communications methods to increase deployment flexibility
what s the difference amr ami aui
What’s The Difference?AMR, AMI, AUI

AMR is a one-way street with data flowing in one direction

AMI is a two-lane road with data flowing in both directions

AUI is a multi-lane expressway, with different types of information flowing in both directions

aui applications
AUI Applications

Grid modernization projects in West Virginia have enabled AUI technology testing…

  • AUI applications:
  • Developmental Field Test
  • WV Super Circuit
  • Research Ridge Test Facility
  • Substation Security

… demonstrating the use of a unified communications and computational network to power advanced capabilities.

west virginia an aui testbed
West VirginiaAn AUI Testbed
  • Developmental Field Test (DFT)
    • Increases electricity reliability (reduced outage time/preventative maintenance & self healing) through system automation via the AUI network
    • Supported by USDOE/NETL
  • WV Super Circuit
    • Expands upon DFT electricity reliability efforts, while also incorporating AMI meters and integrating distributed resources over the AUI network
    • Supported by USDOE/NETL
  • Research Ridge Test Facility
    • Demonstrates demand-side management through the use of multi-vendor smart meters, smart thermostats and AC/appliance control device that automatically manage demand in response to electricity price signals, integrated with line and substation monitoring devices at a nearby feeder and substation, all over the AUI network
  • Substation Security Project
    • Demonstrates remote monitoring/physical security at AP substation over the AUI network
next steps
Next Steps
  • Proposed AUI pilot deployment in Maryland
    • Addresses Maryland legal and regulatory requirements for increased energy efficiency and conservation
    • More than 1,000 customers
    • Demonstrates automated demand management via smart meters, smart thermostats and AC/appliance control in response to real-time pricing signals
    • Demonstrates improved system efficiency through line monitoring
    • Manages peak demand and improves energy savings
  • Based on pilot results, will develop business case for larger deployments
what it means to the customer
What It Means To the Customer
  • Manages load growth through demand reduction, loss reduction and usage reduction
  • Empowers customer with real-time information and control
  • Provides utility with real-time information on system health
  • Meets stakeholder calls/requirements for increased reliability, enhanced efficiency, demand response and others
  • Is less costly and more effective than a piecemeal approach (such as separate metering & monitoring infrastructures)
  • Provides a strategy for a successful, cost effective, reliable, efficient delivery system
thank you
Thank You

Advanced Utility Infrastructure The Foundation for an Intelligent Electricity Delivery System

John C. Ahr

jahr@alleghenypower.com

724-838-6831