Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Conceptual Design and Assessment for a Green Urban Network(STD-11051)

Electric Power Research Institute


The current grid system was built on the assumption that all electricity would be generated at very large central plants. This system is inefficient because it is difficult to adjust to changing demand patterns. Ideally, an intelligent grid provides integrated benefits for both the utility and the end-use consumer. Seamlessly integrating an array of locally installed power sources alongside traditional central-station power generation, it gives the system greater resilience, enhance security, and improve reliability.

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Project Description

This study is in-depth evaluation of secondary network losses and methods for loss reduction. The first of its kind, it will render advancements to analytical tools that could be applied throughout New York to reduce distribution losses, both through better planning and through real time simulations. As part of smart grid progress, simulation and modeling tools must be updated to incorporate its concepts. This project considers the feasibility of using the simulation tool for application on the most complex distribution configuration in the country- Con Edison urban networks. If the tools can be shown to be effective for a complex urban network, the application for radial distribution systems is a logical next step.


• Significant energy savings are possible by reducing losses on the distribution system. The development of an accurate simulation tool will help identify areas on the grid with the highest losses. • Reduced system losses directly translate to GHG emission savings.

Project Results


Electric Power Research Institute
3420 Hillview Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Principle Investigator

Tom Short

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Electric Power Delivery

NYSERDA Contact Information

Michael Razanousky


R&D - Energy Mkts & Pwr Del

Contract Details

Start Date: 6/12/2009
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: STD-11051

Last Updated: 2/7/2011 2