As part of NRECA’s family of services, NRECA National Consulting Group (NCG) provides specialized consulting services exclusively for electric distribution and G&T cooperatives in the areas of strategic planning, organizational analysis, business process improvement, and technology support services.
Smart grid (SG) technology enables real-time coordination and automation of information from the grid to end users to improve the grid’s efficiency and response. To meet the challenges of our changing industry, SG technology deployment is fast becoming a strategic imperative to enhance system reliability, optimize grid’s performance, and enable consumers to better manage their energy consumption. To maximize the investments and benefits, effective smart grid applications must proceed with careful planning, driven with a common purpose and sound coordinated planning across functions with clear requirements focused on meeting business needs.
NRECA-NCG offers a suite of smart grid technology support services to assist cooperatives in the planning, deployment, and application of smart grid related programs across the utility business units from supply, distribution and end-use applications. We emphasize a collaborative-integrated planning approach to address all aspects of SG deployment. We offer important and practical experience in the planning, design, and implementation of the key components of SG/operating technology applications, including AMI, communication infrastructure, meter data management systems, mobile workforce, and coordination of demand response programs.
Coordinated planning for smart grid technology elements integrated with demand response solutions for G&T and their member distribution cooperatives
Integrating AMI technologies over a communication response platform for centralized demand response program and at the G&T level
AMI planning, technology evaluation and deployment for multiple distribution cooperatives
Integrated technology planning and workout strategies for distribution cooperatives
Meter data management system technology evaluations for TOU pricing and load management analysis