The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently launched Dynamic Energy Management (DEM), a major energy-efficiency research initiative that will begin to address the near-term needs of utilities and other stakeholders to plan, invest in, and implement technologies that facilitate the transition to a smart power delivery, operation, load management, and end-use system.
As part of the initiative,
representatives from more than 35 electric utilities will meet with EPRI to
create a collaborative that will address such issues as electricity savings,
demand reductions, and peak load management. The goal is to improve energy
efficiency by using the latest technology, thereby reducing electricity usage
and greenhouse gas emissions.
The new program will focus on three key
areas: analytics and information on the economic and environmental impact of
dynamic energy management; infrastructure component and system testing and
development; and smart, efficient end-use device and equipment development,
targeting the identification and influencing the design and deployment of
equipment that has the highest impact on energy efficiency and demand response.
“The DEM initiative represents a major
step forward in developing an electricity system that is more efficient and
environmentally friendly,” said Arshad Mansoor, vice president of EPRI’s Power
Delivery and Markets Sector. “We will evaluate products to determine how well
they function and whether they are interoperative with utilities’
communications systems. This is a key component in creating demand response and
dynamic systems that facilitate getting prices to devices.”
That assessment will require the creation
of a living laboratory, a real-world demonstration project, which EPRI has
agreed to host at its Knoxville, TN, research facility.
An “infrastructure” of these advanced technologies and
policies to support them is necessary to fully realize the benefits of energy
efficiency and energy management for both consumers and utilities.
EPRI to unveil major energy-efficiency research initiative
May 2, 2007