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Minnesota-based Dakota Electric Association is implementing an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) meter data management (MDM) and load management system, including all the integration and internal processes to use the data. The cooperative is in the final stages of exchanging 120,000 meters and about halfway done replacing 50,000 load control devices.
Dakota kicked off the MDM project in 2013 by identifying its technology needs and developing a vision of what success looked like with a diverse cross-functional team. That led to the creation of a plan to update its customer information system (CIS) and build a foundation to support the flow of data. The plan included working with its generation and transmission cooperative and installing fiber to its substations.
Due to the cost of the project, it was imperative to educate its board as well as the cooperative’s senior leadership team on the project plan and risk analysis. Dakota used a unique exercise to have two groups of three board members and senior management present pros and cons of the project to better understand the plans to mitigate risk. The exercise worked. Board members and senior leadership gained a better understanding of the project, potential risks and how they would be addressed.
In this episode of CFC Solutions Cast, we chat with Dakota Senior Principal and Regulatory Engineer Craig Turner and NRTC Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Greg Santoro as they discuss how Dakota’s smart grid load management project identified and mitigated risk, leveraged other cooperatives’ experience implementing similar technology, piloted the software and integration before moving forward and incorporated the lessons learned throughout the project.
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CFC and NRTC co-authored and published the
Rural Electric Cooperative Smart Grid Benchmarking Report last September. The report covers smart grid technologies and quantifies how each have benefited cooperatives and their communities.
The report is based on survey responses from 60 cooperatives that have deployed advanced metering infrastructure, outage management systems, utility-scale solar demand-response programs and other technologies.
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DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES
Wednesday, March 2, 1-2 p.m. ET
Don’t miss this session as New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Vice President of Power Resources & Access Brian Callnan describes how his system deployed distributed energy resources on both sides of the meter to achieve value streams for individual members and the cooperative. Callnan will be joined by subject matter experts Jan Ahlen of CFC, Milt Geiger of NRTC and Fathalla Eldali of NRECA.
DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM RELIABILITY
Wednesday, March 16, 1-2 p.m. ET
Register to hear Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations Matthew Avery describe how CHELCO has utilized smart grid tools to improve distribution system reliability and reduce outage minutes for members. Avery will be joined by subject matter experts Jan Ahlen of CFC, Josh Pepple of NRTC and Henry Cano of NRECA.
LOAD MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
Wake EMC Vice President of Engineering & Operations Don Bowman described how the North Carolina system reduced wholesale energy and demand costs by deploying technologies such as Volt/VAR optimization. Bowman was joined by subject matter experts Nate Holland of NRTC and David Pinney of NRECA.
CONSUMER DEMAND-RESPONSE PROGRAMS
Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association Sales Manager Robbin Nisbet described how her system deployed demand-response technologies such as thermostats, hot water heaters and electric vehicles—and the results they achieved. Nisbet was joined by subject matter experts Nate Holland of NRTC and Brian Sloboda of NRECA.