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help them lower their energy costs by reducing their energy use when demand is particularly high. The new program will be managed by RTP Controls and is designed to reduce load during annual extreme peak demand periods—about 80 hours a year. In the next three years, PGE and RTP expect the program will reduce energy demand by up to 50 MW of capacity. RTP will recruit participants for the program and provide its proprietary automated demand response technology platform, the GridLogic System, in facilities enrolled in the program.
PECO selected Telvent smart grid solutions to upgrade its electrical network, reduce power losses and operational costs, and improve power quality and reliability. PECO will implement Telvent’s advanced distribution management system (ADMS) to monitor and control its electric network. With this system, the utility will have access to real-time information to control load management, fault analysis and network optimization. In addition, PECO will use Telvent’s SCADA system to pinpoint potential trouble spots within the network and address service outages more quickly and efficiently.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to make additional investments in the company’s electric and gas infrastructure, as well as in existing programs to help hospitals and other customers become more energy efficient. PSE&G expects to spend about $273 million between now and the end of 2012 to accelerate electric and gas reliability projects. The utility will invest an additional $95 million in energy efficiency programs, and $195 million in accelerated capital improvements to its electric distribution network. Among the projects are upgrades to voltage regulators, insulators, and breakers at substations; the replacement of underground cable facilities including transformers, network protectors and relays; upgrades to substation fire protection systems; and the replacement of overhead cable and other equipment.
HD Supply Utilities and Trilliant introduced their smart grid communications pilot program with Victoria Electric Cooperative, in Victoria, Texas. The pilot program will be a 90-day test phase at designated locations in the utility’s service area. A successful implementation could mean a full rollout. Initial applications will be aimed at improving operational efficiency, providing interval data for critical peak pricing (CPP) and time-of-use (TOU) rates, and enhance outage detection.