PG&E smart grid upgrades continue

Sponsored by

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) spoke with California state regulators about smart grid modernizations the utility is making to the electric power grid to improve reliability and improve safety.

The report PG&E provided also describes how new and future smart grid projects enable the grid to accommodate new technologies that benefit customers.

 

By integrating a wide range of advanced communications, computing, sensing and control technologies on its electric grid throughout Northern and Central California, PG&E is able to provide customers with more control of their energy bill while enabling the company to more quickly respond to outages and service requests.

Grid improvements include PG&E's outage detection program, which can check individual meters to determine whether or not power has been restored; self-healing circuits that reduce the average length of an outage by re-routing power flows; and high-tech monitoring equipment on the transmission system that provides early warning of potential problems so grid operators can take corrective actions before widespread outages occur.

Since the beginning of 2012, such systems have avoided almost 3.8 million customer outage minutes. Last year, PG&E customers experienced the fewest minutes without electricity in company history.

As part of PG&E's plan to enable new customer energy management capabilities, the utility will introduce or expand flexible pricing programs to give customers the opportunity to save money by shifting their energy use to times of the day when energy prices are lower. PG&E's SmartRate program is already has more than 120,000 residential customers enrolled in the program. In 2012, the program saved more than 500 MWh, more than double the energy savings in 2011.

In the coming years, PG&E will continue to roll out smart grid technologies that improve service and reliability, lower customer costs and incorporate more renewable energy onto the grid. Consistent with its focus on technologies that meet customer needs, PG&E is pursuing such promising technologies only after thorough testing and evaluation, much of which takes place at the company's Applied Technology Services lab in San Ramon.

Sponsored by
CURRENT ARTICLES

DOE project captures, stores 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide

04/24/2015 Rapid commercial development and deployment of clean coal technologies, particularly CCS, will help position the United St...

California tribe installs renewable energy microgrid

04/24/2015

The Bear River Band’s new microgrid combines wind energy, solar energy, and energy storage 

U.S. Department of Justice completes review of PPL-Riverstone transaction

04/24/2015 Previously, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Nuclear Regulatory Commis...

ON DEMAND WEBCASTS

Beyond Integration: Three Dynamics Reshaping Renewables and the Grid

In a unique industry research initiative, DNV GL gathered views from over 1,600 energy sector par...

Engaging the Small and Mid-sized Business (SMB) Marketplace

This session will outline how Duke Energy leveraged Voice of Customer insights, previous experien...

When Grid Optimization is Not Enough: Making Cents of Disruptive Change.

Electric utilities today face unprecedented volatility and business challenges. To stay competiti...

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Premium Power

Premium power is an increasingly valuable tool for utilities and municipalities, who can charge m...

The Integrated Operating Model Creating an Advanced Outage Management Environment to Control the Grid

Amy Hime, Senior Manager of Engineering and Asset Systems at Enersource, will discuss the journey...

INDUSTRY STOCKS

EL&P BUYER'S GUIDE PRODUCTS

MITEM Corp

Provides CRM solutions for regulated U.S. public utilities. The product, MitemView integrates differently designed systems to share critical data a...

Resources on Demand

Manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event.

Smart Grids

Quanta is contributing to its customers' smart grid initiatives by installing technology on power networks to provide energy management solutions f...

Horizontal Directional Drilling

With 28 small, mid-sized and large drilling rigs, Quanta Pipeline Services is one of the largest horizontal directional contractors in the world fo...

POWERGRID PRODUCT LISTINGS

EtherMate® Industrial Ethernet - IO Modules

LioN-M ProfiNet device with 16 digital I/O channels, channels can be used universally as inputs or outputs, M12 socket, ro...

Low-Smoke Zero Halogen Premise Distribution Cable

AFL’s Low-Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) distribution cable offers all of the benefits of a traditional 900 µm based optical ca...

OFL280 FlexTester - Handheld OTDR

AFL's OFL280 FlexTester offers an unmatched combination of fiber test functions, ease-of-use, portability, and value.

TRM® 2.0 - Test Results Manager PC Analysis and Reporting

Test Results Manager 2.0 (TRM® 2.0) is an all-in-one analysis, viewer and reporting tool designed for use with NOYES fiber...

FEATURED ENERGY JOBS

View more Job Listings >>

POWERGRID International

March 2015
Volume 20, Issue 3
1503PG-cover

ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER

January 2015
Volume 93, Issue 1
1501elp-cover