The EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative is a seven-year international collaborative research initiative demonstrating the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects. The initiative began in 2008 with a goal of leveraging the multi-million dollar Smart Grid investments being made by the electric utility industry.

This collaborative demonstration initiative is a good example of the well-known adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” By uniting electric utilities with common goals in a collaborative environment combined with a solid scientific research foundation, shared lessons and gap identification, the initiative is minimizing repetitive research more effectively than if done individually.

We are also excited to add three new members to the initiative in the past year. With the addition of CenterPoint Energy, Hydro-Québec, and Sacramento Municipal Utility District, we now have twenty-one electric utilities in the initiative.

This three-year update picks up where the two-year update (EPRI Report 1021497) left off....(Read more...)