Columbia University working with Con Edison on smart grid tech

New York, December 1, 2009 – Researchers at Columbia University will work with Consolidated Edison Co. of New York and others to demonstrate advanced smart grid technologies that will help build a smarter, more efficient, more resilient national electric grid.

In November, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded Con Edison $45 million for its Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project – one of 16 projects selected nationwide.

Roger N. Anderson, Doherty Senior Scholar at the Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and at the university’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, has developed a patented controller technology along with senior staff associate Albert G. Boulanger that will be part of Con Edison’s smart grid project.

“We are trying to make the electric grid smarter, much more like the Internet, so that control systems can route power to where people need it, when they need it,” says Anderson.

The center’s intelligent controller is an algorithm-based learning system that will allow the smart grid to calculate, on a minute-by-minute basis, the cheapest, most efficient and most reliable ways of delivering electricity to consumers.

It will also allow the smart grid to anticipate and respond automatically to problem events such as weather changes and equipment failures in order to prevent power outages.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with about $14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.

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