The following provides examples of professional engineering projects in the field of distribution system efficiency performed by Utility Planning Solutions, PLLC. UPS Statement of Qualifications. Additional information and references available upon request.
- Developed Protocols for use by the Department of Energy-Bonneville Power Administration Energy Smart Utility Efficiency Program (ESUE) andfor electric utilities to meet conservation targets set by State Utility Regulators and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 6th Power Plan.
- Participated with RTF and BPA representatives to develop system improvement and voltage optimization inputs for the PTR system and assisted indetermining statistical and economicanalysis performance.
- Developed standardized incremental cost data and cost-benefit economic analysis
approaches for distribution efficiency measures for the EPRI Green Circuits program. Performed a statistical study which described a method to determine the number of potentialcustomers with service voltages lower than the ANSI voltage guidelines. EPRI work included a host of distribution system efficiency assessments, simulations, economic evaluations, and process development. An example Secondary Assessment Statistical Analysis is given here to demonstrate importance of minimizing secondary voltage drops of secondary services to less than 3 Volts.
- Provided leadership in development of the scope of work for the NEEA DEI Study (2001-2007) and assisted in statistical analysis formulations as part of the technical advisory committee to determine impacts of change in voltage. Developed the first draft simplified voltage optimization M&V protocol using IPMVP guidelines based on the results of the field results and participated with BPA, NW utilities, and RWB to gain utility acceptance of the proposed protocol and get RTF approval of a Simplified VO M&V Protocol. The RTF Simplified VO M&V Protocol was adopted on May 4, 2010.
- Significantly contributed to the science of distribution efficiency and voltage optimization through the publishing of results of VO research and demonstration in IEEE technical transactions, industry journal articles, and IEEE/APPA engineering conference presentations.
- Developed a step by step approach for measuring and verifying distribution system energy efficiency once system improvements are completed. The M&V Plan includes the development of Excel Templates for inputting measurements and other required data and calculates (verifies) energy savings. An example of a M&V Plan Outline is available here.
- Performed distribution efficiency and voltage optimization scoping and/or detail studies for national and regional investor and public-owned electric utilities. The studies apply the Simplified VO M&V Protocol to determine the impact of lowering the distribution primary voltage using revised voltage control strategies. National distribution efficiency studies were performed for EPRI (13 utilities), NorthWestern Energy, PacifiCorp, and Philadelphia Electric Co (PECO). Performed 14 scoping and detailed Distribution Efficiency Studies for publicaly-owned utilities in the Northwest to estimate potential distribution energy savings from lower voltage application as part of the BPA ESUE program from 2010 – 2013. An outline of a typical Distribution Efficiency Study is available here. Voltage reduction is possible with a comprehensive applications of power factor management, line regulator installations, phase balancing, line drop compensation voltage controls, and some line re-conductoring.
- Performed study for Philadelphia Electric Co. (PECO) to evaluate demand impacts of voltage reduction on distribution systems and was completed on September 5, 2011. This work was presented to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
- Presented eleven regional distribution efficiency and voltage optimization utility workshops for NWPPA and BPA. An example presentation of Rural Feeders Case Study is given here.
- Affiliated with electrical engineering research at the University of Washington. UPS is knowledgeable in all of the applicable NEC, IEEE, ANSI, and RUS standards and guidelines. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) website is useful for small public utilities. An old RUS Bulletin that still is applied routinely today RUS Bulletin 169-4 for voltage guideline for rural utilities. This standard is valuable for planning electric distribution systems.
Refer to UPS Statement of Qualifications. Additional information and references available upon request.