ComEd is Latest to Join Electric Power Grid Consortium

ComEd is Latest to Join Electric Power Grid Consortium

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) recently announced it has joined Purdue University, the University of Tennessee, Fisk University and the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electric Power Grid (CIMEG). The group has been formed to develop an intelligent management system for the nation`s electric power grid. The system, which would operate in a manner similar to a computer network, would help ensure reliability in times of severe natural disasters or other crises. No single fully integrated system currently exists to protect the integrity of the nation`s entire interconnected electrical grid.

The group`s formation is in response to requests by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to develop a smart software system that would control and monitor North America`s electrical grid. A prototype system, scheduled for development by 2003, is slated for testing in ComEd`s service territory, as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority`s service territory.

CIMEG has received a three-year grant ($500,000 per year) from the Department of Defense and EPRI to develop a system that would control and monitor the electric power grid across the United States. The project, expected to reach fruition in 12 years, requires grant renewal every three years.

CIMEG`s approach will target three areas: prediction, modeling and faster computing. Advanced computer programming techniques will be applied to improve electric load prediction and decision making. The group will also target state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques for accurately modeling electric generation and electric loads. The consortium will emphasize high-performance computing for simulations, visualizations and on-line stability analysis.

CIMEG plans to produce a prototype software called TELOS (Transmission Entities with Learning Capabilities and On-line Self-healing) to demonstrate the methodologies developed during the research.

“The development of this system would be a win-win situation for ComEd and consumers of electricity nationwide,” said Paul McCoy, ComEd`s transmission and distribution senior vice president. “This research project will produce important breakthroughs that ultimately will improve reliability for consumers and lower operating costs for utilities.”

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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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