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Smart Grid City: A blueprint for a connected, intelligent grid community

Smart Grid City: A blueprint for a connected, intelligent grid community. Dennis Stephens Director, Utility Innovations and Smart Grid Investments OSI User’s Conference September, 23 2008. Drivers for change. Grid reliability Aging assets, heightened demands Environment:

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Smart Grid City: A blueprint for a connected, intelligent grid community

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  1. Smart Grid City:A blueprint for a connected,intelligent grid community Dennis Stephens Director, Utility Innovations and Smart Grid Investments OSI User’s Conference September, 23 2008

  2. Drivers for change • Grid reliability • Aging assets, heightened demands • Environment: • Global climate change • Legislative mandates for green power • Energy Security: • Homeland security • Dependence on foreign oil • Customer Choices: • Growing needs and expectations • Desire for greater flexibility and options

  3. Smart meters Demand side management and distributed generation Superconducting cables Energy storage devices Intelligent home/Smart appliances Automatic power power restoration and correction for voltage, frequency and power factor issues Renewable energy sector growth The Market – other efforts

  4. Xcel Energy - Smart Grid vision & approach • First to present a comprehensive solution • Broad portfolio of new technologies & projects • Encompassing the entire power pathway • Fuel source to end-use consumer • Collaborative model • Shared risk, shared rewards • Focus on environmental aspects • Uniquely positions Xcel Energy

  5. Accenture • Current Group • GridPoint • OSI Soft • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories • Ventyx • Xcel Energy imagine. inspire. innovate.

  6. SmartGridCity™ - Boulder, Colo. “An international showcase of smart grid possibilities… a comprehensive demonstration of an intelligent grid community” • Test technology • Integrate smart grid portfolio of projects • Prove benefits

  7. Boulder’s Key Strengths • Ideal size (50,000 customers/meters) • Ideal geographic location (easy access to needed grid components) • Ideal Smart Grid consumers: • Web-savvy, early adopters • Environmentally aware • Collaborative opportunities with: • University of Colorado • National Center for Atmospheric Research • National Institute of Standards and Technology • City leaders

  8. SmartGridCity™ • Involves the entire energy pathway from the power source to the home and all points in between • Rich in IT • High-speed, real-time, two-way communications • Sensors enabling rapid diagnosis and corrections • Dispatched distributed generation (PHEVs, wind, solar) • Energy storage • In-home energy controls • Automated home energy use

  9. Added green power sources High-speed, networked connections Plug-in hybrid electric cars Customer interaction with utility Real-time and green pricing Signals Smart thermostats, appliances and in-home control devices Smart House

  10. We will need to collect, store, analyze and act on information How we might use PI: • Commercial Operation • Virtual Power Plant • Substation • Condition Based Analysis • Distribution • System Status and Control • Customer • Demand Response/Distributed Generation

  11. Learn more • xcelenergy.com/smartgrid

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