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In my 40 years in the energy industry, we have seen innovation in the areas of generation technologies, renewable system production, smart grid implementation, storage, efficiency, demand response, and infrastructure security.
The last 10 years though have seen an acceleration, disruption, and adoption pace driven by unprecedented advances in policy, utility restructuring, technological innovation, and more active consumerism.
One of the foundational transformations to help us reach the collective goals of less carbon, the lower total cost of ownership, more efficiency, more consumer choice, more services, and more quality has been the advancement of smart grid technologies.
The Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability by Andres Carvallo and John Cooper is a seminal work describing in great detail the vision, rationale, and journey of Austin Energy, the eighth largest public power utility in the nation, toward delivering cleaner, affordable, and more reliable power, coupled with superior customer service.
This book also recounts the true story of the Pecan Street Project, now Pecan Street Inc., an initiative to build a smart grid laboratory within a living community to accelerate energy technology innovation and customer adoption.
It does so while also giving us first the context of how our electric system evolved from the Edison and Tesla days to the Texas vision of Pecan Street and, as they say, everything is bigger in Texas, which is where we should move forward to in the years to come.
I met Andres Carvallo in the halls of NARUC conferences in 2008, and our conversations on demand response and smart grid since then have always been ones of mutual fascination. Clearly, the work is done by him and many others at Austin Energy have contributed in many ways to the shape of the electric industry today.
Their early work built a much needed can-do attitude on how utilities must learn to balance keeping the lights on and energy costs low while striving to reduce carbon and become more efficient and sustainable enterprises (e.g., empowering customers, optimizing energy service delivery, and reducing water use).
From my days on the staff of the Nevada Public Utility Commission and later as a commissioner and then chair at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Austin Energy always stood out to me as one of those early adopters leading national trends in policy and technology innovation.
I can honestly say that following the journey of Austin Energy provides one with a stellar example of what it can be when it comes to a cleaner and a more efficient power grid that strives to integrate emerging distributed energy resources such as solar, storage, and demand response into the distribution grid.
Between 2003 and 2010, Andres and his colleagues at Austin Energy turned the following definition of smart grid (SG1) into reality: “The smart grid is the integration of an electric grid, a communications network, software, and hardware to monitor, control, and manage the creation, distribution, storage and consumption of energy.
The smart grid of the future will be distributed, it will be interactive, it will be self-healing, and it will communicate with every device.” They then progressed to the more ambitious definition of an advanced smart grid (SG2):
“An advanced smart grid enables the seamless integration of utility infrastructure, with buildings, homes, electric vehicles, distributed generation, energy storage, and smart devices to increase grid reliability, energy efficiency, renewable energy use, and customer satisfaction while reducing capital and operating costs.”
In this book, one sees those definitions unfold as real live systems in an ever-advancing architecture that is methodically implemented by the Austin team.
Andres Carvallo and John Cooper do a masterful job conveying to utility industry practitioners, regulators, and consumers alike a great episode in our country’s energy evolution that should not be missed.
Andres Carvallo and John Cooper have written a thought-provoking and insightful book on the smart grid and, in particular, its potential from leveraging the technology-rich world that we live in.
In the 1980s when I was in distribution and construction management at a utility in the Seattle area, there were products being marketed with some built-in intelligence (e.g., electronic reclosers for circuits).
Similarly, there were plenty of discussions in the industry about using information systems and communications technology along with our power equipment to help us implement “distribution automation” pervasively.
So the ideas of automation had existed for a long time, but the technology needed to catch up, become easier to use and manage and become much more affordable.
Over the last 10 years, technology solutions for automation have caught up, and The Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability shares and embraces the opportunities that exist to use technology to change how we think of and operate the bulk electric systems and, in particular, how we deliver and manage products and services in partnership with our consumers.
When I came to Austin Energy in 2010, I knew that we were on the cutting edge of innovation. However, our delivery network was still behind.
As part of our smart grid program, this year we launched, with the help of our partners, a brand new advanced distribution automation system (ADMS).
We believe that our ADMS is unparalleled for large utility operations in the United States and that it will leapfrog us over many other utilities for years to come.
Furthermore, we are advancing many of the ideas in this book into our thinking, specifically those about how to develop and leverage microgrids and those on how to advance the state of the art in-home energy management.
While at a practical level we are still simply seen as providing the product of reliable and affordable energy to our customers, we have a great opportunity to further experiment in our wonderful urban service area with a lot of the ideas discussed in this book.
We strive to be cleaner by deploying more renewables, to use more technology to automate, and to integrate electric vehicles and energy storage into the steady-state physics of the grid seamlessly and affordably.
I know with certainty that many big challenges lie ahead and that while I do not get as much time to contemplate the future as my team does, Smart Grid evolution and the range of possible applications are intriguing and exciting things to think about.
Thank you, Andres, for your past work, for the time that we have spent collaborating on our vision of the future, for the fresh thoughts, and for the ideas presented in The Advanced Smart Grid.
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