EPRI To Help Coordinate Advanced Electric Grid Monitoring
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has announced it will coordinate through 2015 the community meetings of the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI) - a collaborative effort among the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EPRI, and North American electric utilities, vendors, consultants, federal and private researchers, and academics.
Since NASPI began in 2006, the DOE and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) have funded NASPI meetings and work. Beginning in January, while the DOE will take over the principal funding role, EPRI will work with NASPI as the meeting coordinator.
According to EPRI, NASPI’s mission is to improve power system reliability and visibility through wide-area measurement and control, and it is a collaborative working to advance the deployment and use of networked phasor measurement devices, phasor data-sharing, applications development and use, and research and analysis. As EPRI explains, synchrophasor data applications include wide-area monitoring, real-time operations, power system planning, and forensic analysis of grid disturbances.
EPRI says phasor technology is expected to facilitate integration of renewable and intermittent resources, and automated controls for transmission and demand response - increasing transmission system capacity and improving system modeling and planning.
The DOE has invested almost $200M in the deployment of phasor measurement units in North America, which has been matched by utilities and transmission operator investments, EPRI continues. Many of these projects were initiated as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 under the Smart Grid Investment Grant program. NASPI’s focus for the next two years will be advancing applications to maximize value from the technology.
SOURCE: Renew Grid