What It Means for RPU
Smart Grid: What It Means for RPU
It will take time for both utilities and customers to transform to a new way of operating that is much more focused on data and customer participation.
In order to ensure Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is prepared for Smart Grid transitions, Burns & McDonnell, an international engineering, architecture, and consulting firm, provided RPU with a complete business case analysis in 2010. The analysis examined RPU’s current capabilities along with the integration of smart meters, data management, distribution automation, and advanced communications. The study also included a cost benefit analysis to quantify the economic benefits of a Smart Grid system.
The business analysis quantified that RPU already has a relatively advanced system, and is already on the Smart Grid path...
...and RPU’s current reliability is well above industry averages:
Many of RPU’s Smart Grid objectives will be dependent on customers’ demand for energy usage information, energy choice, customer service, and improved reliability. RPU intends to gain knowledge regarding customer preferences prior to setting specific objectives and goals regarding technology implementation within our system.
These technologies and advanced service offerings include potential changes in the following areas of the RPU system:
- Engaging and empowering customers to manage their energy bills.
- Enhancing the metering of customer electricity usage.
- Improving and automating the distribution system.
- Expanding the data management systems to increase storage and sharing.
- Implementing a communication system to facilitate real-time data flow.
- Implementing appropriate system security to prevent internal or external intrusion or misuse.
Successful implementation will require a joint effort between RPU and our customers to make the most of available technologies, fully manage load, and maximize efficiencies.