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New York State Electric & Gas Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage Project Description

December 2010

Note: Project discontinued after Phase 1 engineering and financial evaluations.New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) will build an advanced compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant with a rated capacity of 150 WM using an existing 4.5 million cubic foot underground salt cavern in Reading, New York. The plant is sited between the bulk of U.S. wind resources and the heavy population centers of the East Coast; it is the closest proposed underground storage asset to the New York and New England load areas. The plant will have the capacity to operate 16 hours a day and will provide energy arbitrage for approximately 2,300-2,500 hours each year. It will use off-peak electricity to compress air into the cavern. When electricity is needed the air will be withdrawn, heated, and passed through a turbine to drive an electric generator, burning one-third the amount of fuel compared to conventional combustion turbines. NYSEG"s CAES plant will provide flexible generation capability to accommodate fluctuations in load. The plant will be tied to NYSEG"s cross-state 230 kV/345 kV transmission system that feeds major metropolitan centers in Central New York. The 230 kV line is the recipient of a large proportion of wind power and is tied to the New York City load areas. It will provide redundancy in capacity, ensure against congestion and power fluctuations, and can provide improved power quality to the grid. Iberdrola USA, the parent of NYSEG, plans to conduct a feasibility study in the future to determine the ability to increase the plant"s capacity to 360 MW or greater.

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CAISO Smart Grid Roadmap and Architecture

November 2010

The Smart Grid Roadmap and Architecture helps implement CAISO's smart grid vision by projecting a forward-looking strategy through 2020 from a technology perspective that includes advanced transmission efficiencies as well as the anticipated progress of measurement devices and automation.

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Southern California Edison Smart Grid Strategy & Roadmap

November 2010

The purpose of this updated Smart Grid Strategy and Roadmap is to summarize SCE's activities and plans for development and implementation of a smarter grid as well as explain the organizing principles, decision framework and methods used to manage the adoption and adaptation of new technologies into our operation.

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International Energy Agency's Smart Grid Roadmap

November 2010

This smart grid roadmap document contains the IEA's key findings in new regional CO2 emission reductions and smart grid drivers analysis.

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Testimony before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee - Smart Appliance

November 2010

This hearing document describes how the smart grid can provide benefits to consumers with Home Area Networks (HANs) and smart appliances.

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Accelerating Successful smart Grid Pilots

November 2010

This report is intended as a guide for policy-makers, regulators, utilities, vendors and other interested stakeholders, and provides pragmatic recommendations to accelerate the success of smart grid pilots and move the industry forward at pace.

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IEEE Smart Grid Activities

November 2010

This presentation highlights the players in Smart Grid and focuses on IEEE activities in areas such as standards, publications, and conferences. The Power and Energy Society - Intelligent Grid Coordinating Committee is also discussed in relation to scope and tasks.

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Functional Requirements for Network Management

November 2010

This is a use case document that describes how enterprise management tasks ensure that the networks and systems provide the required services with the specified quality of service to the users and other systems.

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Leading A Revolution

November 2010

An article by IEEE that explains how it is leading the revolution by mobilizing technology changes around the world to help communities adopt Smart Grid.

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Pecan Street Project - Report Of Recommendations

November 2010

This report contains the Pecan Street Project's recommendations for transforming electricity delivery into a customer-focused clean energy system.

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Pecan Street Project - Presentation to EPA

November 2010

These set of slides was prepared by Brewster McCracken, Pecan Street Project, Inc. where the author describes about the Pecan Street Project and the demonstration project at Mueller, Texas, and the approaches toward these projects.

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Reducing Energy Costs and Peak Electrical Demand Through Optimal Control of Building Thermal Storage

November 2010

This paper describes an investigation into the use of building thermal capacitance as a means of reducing the operating costs associated with maintaining adequate comfort conditions in buildings (termed dynamic building control).

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Florida Power & Light

November 2010

The Gateway to Power Consortium (G2P), led by Florida Power & Light and Smart Energy Grid Associates, consists of four Florida colleges/universities and three out-of-state universities. Their mission is to deliver workforce training for electrical power sector personnel in areas most relevant to the next-generation electric power workforce. These college and university-level cross-disciplinary training programs will lead to both certificates and degrees that include science, engineering, social science, economics, and other topics needed as the traditional power system transforms into a national, clean-energy Smart Grid. Courses include Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Customer Interaction with Smart Grid, and Synergy of Smart Energy Systems. Program graduates will have the knowledge and skills to design, plan, construct, operate, and maintain a modern electricity delivery system, including power system infrastructure and information systems. It is expected that several jobs with salaries ranging from $57K to $95K will be created as a result of this initiative.

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Glendale Community College

November 2010

Southern California Utility Initiative (SCUI) is a consortium that includes Glendale Community College, California State University Northridge, and Southern California Public Power Authority, Workforce Investment Boards (WIB), and Smart Grid Investment grant funding recipients. The consortium is establishing a coalition that facilitates training and increases the number of qualified graduates by expanding existing training curricula and programs to meet the workforce needs of the Southern California regions electric utility industry. SCUI will provide regional WIB One-Stop Workforce career centers to help workers acquire training and obtain good-paying jobs. Training will focus on three curricular areas leading to an Electric Utility certificate with 24 units of transferable college credit. SCUI will collaborate with academic institutions to ensure that the training material stays current with new technological advancements and industry requirements.

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Northern Michigan University

November 2010

Northern Michigan University (NMU) is establishing a training center to provide training that includes both the knowledge and skills required for an entry level technician in the electrical power industry. NMUs mock electrical substation will provide students with a hand-on laboratory, with actual equipment, enabling them to practice skills that are needed in the workplace. Lab size will be limited to an 8-12 student maximum. A program coordinator will stay abreast of current technology to make sure that the program includes all relevant technology in use and under development. The curriculum was developed by Northern Michigan University in consultation with industry partners in the LSCP consortium.

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Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

November 2010

The NEW Generation Power Skills Development Initiative develops and enhances regional training programs for the emerging Smart Grid workforce by incorporating industry identified core skills, and utilizing multiple delivery methods to accommodate the diverse needs of the learners (e.g., incumbent workers, unemployed, traditional students). The initiative maximizes the resources and expertise of the four partner colleges to integrate a standardized set of core competencies into Smart Grid related programming either through new courses and/or modification to existing curricula.

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Illinois Institute of Technology

November 2010

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is using their established power engineering education training center to provide Smart Grid education and training to diverse groups, such as power industry employees, union workers, college and high school students, high school teachers, Veterans, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and information technology professionals. IITs Smart Grid Education and Workforce Training Center is a collaborative effort of 100 participating members including three domestic and five international universities, 49 community colleges, high schools, six city and government organizations, eight labor unions and councils, one national laboratory, six power transmission and distribution systems operators, five professional training organizations, 17 Smart Grid manufacturers and software companies, and 13 energy system consulting services. Educational options include university-level four-year degree programs, graduate programs, certificate programs, Associate degree programs, short courses and workshops. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art software, including Areva T&Ds Dispatcher Training System and Distribution Management System, and OSIsofts PI System power grid monitoring and control software. IITs campus is home to the first-of-its kind Perfect Power microgrid _ Smart Grid deployment that provides perfect reliability, enhanced efficiency, and energy sustainability. IITs facility is located near one of the nations largest utilities, Exelon/ComEd, who will use the Center to upgrade employee skills and train new workers. IIT and its partners plan to grow the program through the use of web-enabled courses and a fee-based membership program.

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North Carolina State University

November 2010

North Carolina State University (NC State) is developing an intensive professional Masters degree program for power system engineers and managers to develop and deploy next generation Smart Grid systems. The Master of Electric Power Systems Engineering (MEPSE) covers both core power engineering topics, Smart Grid applications, and cross-disciplinary courses, including risk management, communication skills, project management, engineering economics, and technical writing. MEPSE targets new graduates in the utility industry, displaced workers seeking a new career, and current utility industry employees seeking to enhance their skills. It is an intensive systems-focused, hands-on program designed for training a population with diverse backgrounds in approximately 10 months. NC State plans to grow the program through an innovative, real-time distance learning component to accommodate a broader audience.

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Incremental Systems Corporation

November 2010

Incremental Systems Corporation (IncSys) is providing training with real-time simulations so that operators, engineers, and students will learn to prevent major power system events. With the PowerSimulator, IncSys has the ability to run massive drills with hundreds of operators using web-enabled simulations of complete interconnections. These simulations will include Smart Grid technologies such as wind farms, solar farms, demand side management, smart micro-grids, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The program will also simulate cascading outages. PowerSimulator training is conducted by a team of software developers, model development technicians, power system engineers, trainers and operator trainees. The training demonstrates how new Smart Grid systems, people, and processes can all work together to benefit system reliability and reduce restoration times.

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Iowa Valley Community College

November 2010

The Iowa Valley Collaborative Lineworker Training and Awareness Project is developing new training strategies, as well as increasing public awareness of the line worker career through recruitment efforts targeted toward new populations. The project streamlines the apprenticeship system to increase flow in the educational pipeline. It also develops a new pre-employment training program that culminates in a diploma, allowing individuals to begin training as a line worker before they are employed by a utility company. The reduction in entry level positions will be addressed by building awareness of the line worker career among displaced workers from other sectors, underemployed individuals seeking better jobs, and recruiting high school students into a pre-employment diploma program.

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Ivy Tech

November 2010

Ivy Tech and Purdue University is combining education and industry to form the Crossroads SmartGrid Training Program to develop education courses to minimize the education-workforce gap in the electric energy sector. Educational areas include systems management and security, information technology and power systems engineering, and training of line workers, technicians, and mechanics. The curriculum will train operators, technicians, engineers, and research scientists in college degree and certificate programs. Crossroads will use HUB technology developed at Purdue as a training module.

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Key Training Corporation

November 2010

Over three years, Northwest Lineman College (NLC) will work with manufacturers, utilities and construction companies to develop training strategies, programs and delivery methods for the workers who will install, maintain and operate the clean energy Smart Grid. Target groups for this project include line workers, substation technicians, system operators, meter technicians, and plant operators. As the single largest trainer of electrical line workers in the country, Northwest Lineman College has a unique ability to use its existing infrastructure, staffing, curriculum and utility customer base to rapidly develop and disseminate Smart Grid training programs nationwide.

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Smart Grids for Dummies

November 2010

This book identifies a smart grid, recognizes the business drivers, makes a grid smart, and delivers a smart grid.

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Lehigh University

November 2010

Lehigh University and the University of Pittsburgh are establishing a network of graduate Smart Grid fellows to help build a community of scholars who will be trained to become trainers of a skilled Smart Grid workforce. Lehigh University is modifying its current Masters programs to include a specialized concentration of Smart Grid electives including courses such as Energy Generation, Communications and Networking for Smart Grid, and Energy System Engineering. Lehigh is recruiting professors currently teaching at community colleges and high schools, recent graduates of electrical and computer science engineering programs, and engineers focused on becoming trainers of electric power sector workers. The University of Pittsburgh is advancing its electric power and energy engineering education programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Enhancements to the core curriculum in electric power include new courses on Smart Grid Technologies, Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems, Power Electronics for T&D Applications - FACTS and HVDC, and Electrical Distribution Engineering. In addition, corporate partnerships and government funding are providing opportunities for collaborative research in these same areas.

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EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Two-Year Update

November 2010

This report is an overview of the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Initiative, which is a multi-year international collaborative initiative demonstrating the integration of distributed energy resources (DER) in large scale demonstration projects.

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