Locational energy efficiency can maximize utility benefits
Traditional energy efficiency programs often fail to target areas of the distribution system that truly need demand side management (DSM) projects – even when using energy data as a starting point. In many cases, program outreach is focused on delivering the maximum number of energy efficiency projects to facilities and customer sectors, without much consideration for specific utility or distribution planning needs. However, by factoring in distribution planning needs, energy efficiency programs can fully maximize the impacts of energy demand reduction and the return on program investments.
To help utilities better target their demand reduction strategies with an emphasis on more comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades, Leidos provides a locational energy efficiency program that combines Advanced Distribution Planning (ADP) with enhanced energy efficiency project management. Using its expertise in both ADP and energy efficiency program management, Leidos is positioned to serve utilities and their customers in a streamlined, cost-effective way.
The primary component of the locational energy efficiency program is the ADP process, which focuses on:
- Collecting historical load data from a variety of sources
- Using probabilistic forecasting to predict possible future outcomes
- Automating the load-flow analysis to determine grid deficiencies
- Performing economic simulations to determine the best capital strategies for the utility
Using its cloud-based platform, Leidos performs advanced data analysis and uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify areas of the grid where current or forecasted demand exceeds the capacity of the current distribution system. These identified areas of the grid provide potential opportunities to target long-term or emergency-based demand reduction tactics while also deferring infrastructure-related capital projects.
As a result, Leidos’ ADP process generates a list of commercial and industrial customers and facilities located within specific geographic areas – allowing utility programs to target customers with the highest capacity for energy savings and demand reduction opportunities. In addition, ADP provides recommendations for non-wires alternatives – including investment in energy efficiency upgrades, demand response programs, renewable energy sources, and energy storage.
Using this information and set of recommendations, Leidos performs targeted marketing and outreach, conducts energy assessments, and manages projects from start to finish. By using both customer usage data and information on forecasted distribution capacity limits, Leidos can deliver more intelligent outreach and more comprehensive energy efficiency project plans. Most importantly, the utility gains greater long-term benefits with customer engagement and grid reliability while also building a roadmap for future energy options to serve its customers.
Want to learn more about our locational energy efficiency, including our innovative ADP process? Schedule a call with our team