Case Studies

Case Studies

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Project Application

FirstEnergy

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Project Application

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group was selected to provide lead consulting services for the development and delivery of the Project Application for Department of Energy (DOE) ARRA SGIG funding. This project involved extensive planning, taking into consideration internal/external drivers, vision statements, use cases, candidate technologies, evaluations, workshops and documentation. Dynamic Energy Group also provided evaluation, collaboration, interest group management and narrative development. Technologies involved include Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Demand Response (DR), VoltVar Control (VVC) and Distributed Automation (DA). Detailed interviews were conducted with project stakeholders to determine implementation objectives, fundamental project objectives and other key details. A great deal of effort went into the synthesis of data, interests, drivers and perspective to create a consistent and harmonious project plan and funding application. Project was one of 100 selected for funding from a pool of over 400 applicants. Project award was $57M and total project budget was $114M.

Budget:
$225,000

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Metrics & Benefits Reporting Plan/Metrics & Benefits Data Hub Reporting

FirstEnergy

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Metrics & Benefits Reporting Plan/Metrics & Benefits Data Hub Reporting

Description:
DEG was selected to provide lead consulting services for the development and execution of Metrics & Benefits analysis and reporting. This project involved extensive planning, evaluation, measurement and verification – including baseline assessment and forecasting (based on evaluation and treatment of historical data), counterfactual and performance measurement/evaluation (using treatment and control, event driven and metered data as varied forms of data collection and analysis). Data collection spans a 5 year+ time frame and includes, among other metrics, annual generation, peak generation mix, emissions data, peak load, etc. Significant data collection, data modeling (extensive regression analysis, sensitivity analysis and performance tracking) and full reporting (e.g. integrated duration values with full annotation). Also involves the development and integration of a Consumer Behavior Study for Residential and Commercial clients. Metrics and Benefits reporting is required by the Department of Energy for all ARRA SGIG recipients.

Budget:
$1.2 M

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Consumer Behavior Study

FirstEnergy

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
Consumer Behavior Study

Description:
DEG was selected to support and provide consulting services to Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the development and execution of a Consumer Behavior Study involving over 44,000 participants. The project involved significant data collection, data modeling (extensive regression analysis, sensitivity analysis and performance tracking) and full reporting (e.g. integrated duration values with full annotation). DEG provided predicted outcomes, situational analysis, methodology and approaches, representative findings and data interpretations. Dynamic Energy Group was also involved the development and integration of a Consumer Behavior Study design for Residential and Commercial clients that included development of survey instruments, testing groups, control groups, education and public outreach as well as analysis and reporting of survey results. The DEG design assisted First Energy in meeting the requirements of the Department of Energy (DOE) Advisory Group and release of funding to implement the designed approach.

Budget:
$125,000

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
VVC Operations Requirements Document
VVC Experimental Design

FirstEnergy

Smart Grid Modernization Initiative
VVC Operations Requirements Document
VVC Experimental Design

Description:
DEG was selected to provide write Volt VAr Control system operational requirements for the project technology vendor. This project involved extensive user interviews and the development of associated functional and non-functional requirements. This assignment also involved developing the multi parameter Experimental Design for system operation, data collection, testing and verification. Included in the document were all feature/function requirements as well as testing protocols and acceptance thresholds. Lastly, the assignment included creating cost benefit analysis for system implementation based on the data collected and analyzed under the various experimental parameters. The final document is used by the project technology vendor for product design, modification and by First Energy for the basis of an operational plan.

Budget:
$120,000

Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Integrated Direct Load Control

Jersey Central Power & Light

Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Integrated Direct Load Control

Description:
DEG was appointed the lead analyst for a large scale Direct Load Control pilot (2-way communication, demand response DSM) that initially involved 4 substations in Central New Jersey. The project has grown to represent approx. 38MW of dispatchable load into the PJM market and continues to grow toward 50 MW size, qualifying for standby peak generation. Analyst duties involved developing use cases to stipulate use and to support capacity and energy evaluation, measurement and verification (actual meter grade savings, not deemed savings). DEG also supported testimony development in advance of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities review and approval. DEG developed and managed the workflow process for project management and ongoing evaluation.

Budget:
$275,000

IDER Firming Research & Documentation Project

Electric Power Research Institute

IDER Firming Research & Documentation Project

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group provided an EPRI-commissioned study to research and document Methods & Procedures to firm integrated distributed resources (including DSM) for inclusion in ISO loading orders. The work included strategies for evaluation, measurement and verification in support of transacting into PJM and other Markets. The formal 250-page document is available for purchase by member organizations.

Budget:
$75,000

Demand Response Pilot

South San Joaquin Irrigation District

Demand Response Pilot

Description:
DEG staff played a critical role in the demonstration project to deploy and evaluate measured curtailment for California municipal utility. The pilot was designed to demonstrate dispatch capability for use addressing transmission constraints. A few specific objectives included demonstrating that demand response technology (via direct load control) can be cost-effectively implemented; providing insight into the specific challenges of implementing demand response (via direct load control) and suggestions for overcoming those challenges; and examining the economic market effects of large-scale demand response programs. Services provided included a demonstration of Project effectiveness, EM&V proof-of-concept and presentation to multiple stakeholders including municipality board members, CAISO staff members, CAPUC staff members and program managers. A formal process to develop a shared understanding of the projects goals and activities among stakeholders was managed and documented.

Budget:
$2.75M

Grid Integrated Distributed Energy Resources

Company Confidential

Grid Integrated Distributed Energy Resources

Description:
The client engaged our services to develop an Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) Management program in targeted areas of its service territory. The IDER program involved the deployment of control devices for each participating customer’s central air conditioning system(s) and includes a control switch, a temperature sensor and a two-way data communications network. The IDER control system enables real-time monitoring and control of non-critical end use equipment that enabled the utility company to deliver and measure specific levels of load management in targeted areas, which supported management of peak loads during high system load conditions. The IDER Program is designed to test and confirm operational and market-based benefits of smart grid principles. The IDER control system monitors and controls non-critical customer electric loads at both the individual and at aggregated levels of circuit, substation transformer and substation. The control system monitors available load based on program rules, verified operations, detects tampering and documents impacts.

Budget:
$380,000

Fuel Cell Demonstration Project

FirstEnergy

Fuel Cell Demonstration Project

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group was chosen as the Project Manager for the selection and installation of a one-megawatt utility scale fuel cell in Northeastern Ohio. The project involved coordination between the fuel cell supplier, transportation firms, regulatory agencies and local government officials. Installation oversight and testing were an additional component of the project. DEG personnel followed time-tested project management techniques and provided written progress reports, maintained ongoing communication via email or telephone, adhered to the project timeline and work plan while staying within the agreed-upon budget.

Budget:
$95,000

DOE EVSE Grant Proposal

Juice Technologies

DOE EVSE Grant Proposal

Description:
The services of Dynamic Energy Group were recently engaged to develop a U.S. Department of Energy, National Technology Laboratory partnership funding strategy and an associated grant proposal for Smart Grid Capable Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment. DEG personnel identified the strategic advantages of the Plug Smart design by thoroughly researching and assessing the EVSE market landscape, coordinating the input from collaborative project team members and diverse stakeholders and developing a cohesive proposal which uniquely illustrates the innovative design of the Plug Smart product.

Budget:
Confidential

Smart Grid Feasibility Study and Planning Roadmap

Company Confidential

Smart Grid Feasibility Study and Planning Roadmap

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group was selected to conduct a Smart Grid Feasibility Study to assist in the roadmap development and implementation of Smart Grid technology. The project included the following: (1) evaluation of information processing and communication into the Smart Grid (2) research of regulatory and standards landscape; (3) investigation of various tariff programs (4) review of secondary applications such as Electric Vehicles and Distributed Generation; (5) assessment of financial impacts and (6) consumer behavior study. The study concluded with a roadmap for smart grid deployment.

Budget:
$400,000

EM&V Contract Manager

Company Confidential

EM&V Contract Manager

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group was selected as the Contract Manager responsible for managing independent contractors in an EM&V study. The management of these functions included the preparation of evaluation plans with input from the Technical Advisory Group, preparation of draft RFPs used to select the Evaluation Contractors to perform the various EM&V activities and the management of those contracts. DEG input included making recommendations for selection criteria, assisting the client with draft contracts, and project management of the update of the Technical Reference Manual. DEG deliverables included an annual impact evaluation report summarizing the energy efficiency savings, total resources benefits and costs, an annual impact savings report and provision for verification by an independent auditor.

Budget:
Confidential

Impact Evaluation of Weatherization Project

Company Confidential

Impact Evaluation of Weatherization Project

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group assisted in the evaluation of a program delivered by non-profit agencies to provide weatherization treatments to client homes. Telephone and mail-in surveys were used with the 275 program participants. DEG provided a detailed report described the type of heating systems used in single family homes. Energy usage before and after weatherization treatments was analyzed. Savings calculations were assessed separately for single and multi-family dwellings.

Budget:
$30,000

Impact Evaluation of 2008 Demand Response Project

Company Confidential

Impact Evaluation of 2008 Demand Response Project

Description:
Dynamic Energy Group studied 31 participants (out of 45 enrolled) in a demand response program in Southern Ohio. Participants provided an average of 31 MV of load reduction per eligible hour. Load reductions varied across hours based on several different factors: forecasted market prices, event timing and event durations. Three indicators of program activity were reported: the amount bid by participants, the amount of curtailed load that was certified based on the settlement methods and the actual impacts, estimated using regression analysis.

Budget:
$42,000