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New Forecasting Tools Enhance Wind Energy Integration In Idaho and Oregon - September 2014

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U.S. Department of Energy

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Idaho Power Company’s (IPC’s) Smart Grid Program included deployment of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), AMI‐enabled customer systems, and advanced synchrophasor monitoring equipment for the transmission system. IPC installed 380,928 smart meters for residential and commercial customers and deployed a web portal to provide customers with access to their AMI data and new energy management tools. Smart meters enable IPC to enhance its offering of existing time‐of‐use rates to customers and further reduce peak loads on the system. Peak load is also managed through direct load control devices on participating customers’ irrigation systems. IPC also installed phasor measurement units (PMUs) to improve the diagnostic capabilities and overall reliability of the transmission system. In addition, the company developed tools to enable the effective integration of renewable resources onto the transmission grid.

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