Demonstrating the Reliability, Efficiency and Cost Benefits of a Smarter Grid to Cooperative Members
For the nation’s rural electric cooperatives, new communication and automation technologies can improve reliability, increase efficiency and help cooperatives control costs — if we know when, where and how to apply them.
In 2010, the Cooperative Research Network® (CRN), received a $33.9 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study the benefits of an array of new technologies for more than 700,000 consumers in 12 states.
In this project, CRN has been studying the risks and benefits of automation and communication technologies for electric cooperatives and their members. As part of this project, CRN also developed cybersecurity resources for co-ops and a modeling program that will enable co-ops to evaluate the benefits of a variety of technologies in the future.
- Multi-Tenant Meter Data Management: A Systems Approach to Hierarchical Value
- Costs and Benefits of Smart Feeder Switching: Quantifying the Operating Value of SFS
- Costs and Benefits of Conservation Voltage Reduction: CVR Warrants Careful Examination
- Communications: The Smart Grid’s Enabling Technology
- Demand Response and Critical Peak Pricing: Testing the Theoretical Basis for DR
- Conservation Impact of Prepaid Metering: Motivation and Incentives for pre-Pay Systems