Smart,
Proactive,
Enabled
Energy
Distribution –
Intelligently,
Efficiently and
Responsive

THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OF THIS SCOPE IN CANADA

Smart,
Proactive,
Enabled
Energy
Distribution –
Intelligently,
Efficiently and
Responsive

THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION PROJECT OF THIS SCOPE IN CANADA

The Objective

To modernize the Town of Parry Sound’s grid
to facilitate the shift towards a net-zero smart community.

The objective of this project is to create a Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution – Intelligently, Efficiently and Responsive (SPEEDIER) grid that builds towards a net zero smart community in the Town of Parry Sound. This is a unique opportunity where a rural municipality of 6,000 residents is pledging to be net zero in partnership with Bracebridge Generation.
The SPEEDIER solution was proposed in order to help to address the previously identified need for costly system upgrades required for the growing energy demands of the community.

The Objective

To Implement Advanced Technology
within Lakeland’s Infrastructure

The objective of this project is to create a Smart, Proactive, Enabled, Energy Distribution – Intelligently, Efficiently and Responsive (SPEEDIER) grid that builds towards a net zero smart community in the Town of Parry Sound. This is a unique opportunity where a rural municipality of 6,000 residents is pledging to be net zero in partnership with Bracebridge Generation. This project is an opportunity to further leverage existing initiatives and integrate more resources and intelligence into SPEEDIER via Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) Leveraging the Lakeland / Bracebridge Generation’s Net-Zero community plan for the town of Parry Sound creating a CLEAN ENERGY POWERED FUTURE; SPEEDIER adds a layer of grid intelligence to future proof the distribution network. The Project is an opportunity to increase flexibility by using advanced grid modeling and system planning tools as well as a Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) for increasing visibility and control.

Project Goals

1.

Increase solar and energy storage penetration in the Town of Parry Sound

Development and Integration of a DERMS software infrastructure that contains the optimization algorithms to control the DER assets available within the network to manage energy consumption and generation with the net zero objective thus creating a Virtual Power Plant. The control algorithms will include peak management, voltage support using state estimation and online power flow as the analytic engine backbone. The assets that is under its control include:
▪ 3.2MW water power plant
▪ 650kW solar PV plant
▪ 50 hot water tanks with 175kW of dispatchable load
▪ 2MWh battery storage
▪ 10 x Tesla Powerwalls
▪ 2 x 50kW Level 3 DC fast chargers
▪ 3 x 7kW charger

2.

Reduce loading on locally constrained transmission station identified in the Long-Term Energy Plan

The 2017 Long Term Energy Plan specified a number of constraints, one of which was identified Bracebridge Generation’s service area (Parry Sound District). Bracebridge Generation is committed to ensuring that other government programs are successfully delivered within this area to assist in reducing consumption and alleviating the constraints identified. Along with local customers and the Town of Parry Sound representatives, Bracebridge Generation actively participates in the Regional Planning Process (“RPP”).

3.

EV adoption reducing GHG emissions

Lakeland Holding group of companies (Bracebridge Generation, Lakeland Power and Lakeland Energy submitted applications to the Ministry of Transportation Electric Vehicle Workplace Funding initiative. Funding was approved, EV Charging stations were installed and funding has been received.

Piloting the EV Charging stations within Lakeland’s workplace has enabled LPDL to work with partners identified in the SPEEDIER application and has ensured that the scope we are looking at is realistic.

4.

Develop a net metering solution utilizing solar and waterpower

Develop Lakeland/AMP Net Metering solution data backbone such that the generation credits earned by the water power plant and solar PV plant can be redistributed to the Town of Parry Sound.

5.

Develop greater automation and integration within the utility environment

Legacy distribution systems are static in nature, allowing single directional flow from source to load. System safety typically consists of thermal fusing devices designed to detect overload, or high inrush currents caused by contact with grounded or opposing phases. In the future permitting increased Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as rooftop solar, will create reverse flow during different times of the day. The conventional fusing methodologies will fail to operate as designed, load and supply become increasingly difficult to manage, and the distribution system become unstable. Distribution systems of the future will require two way flow regulation, islanding protection systems, automated switching and a management system capable of monitoring, analyzing, including some levels of autonomous control.

6.

Developing smart residential demand management via controllable hot water tanks (HWT), EV chargers and battery storage

The supply mix in Ontario has made the electrical distribution industry very low in GHG emissions, thus from an environmental standpoint very attractive to electrification of the economy. If costs to supply and distribute electricity can remain competitive with the gas/oil industry, then there could be encouragement for consumers to switch from Natural Gas to Electricity for home/business heating and Electric Vehicles. For explanation, currently the average household connected to natural gas, from a distribution standpoint is calculated to be able to share a single transformer with up to ten homes (7.5kva/home on a 75kva transformer). Turning these homes to electric heat, hot water and an electric vehicle could easily double or triple the power required at any given time to each home, therefore requiring a larger distribution network, larger transformers or increasing the number of transformers, therefore increasing the cost to service a home. A viable alternative is to manage the loads used at any one time in a home by the distribution level, utilizing advanced Supervisory Control and Data
Acquisition systems (SCADA) and Demand Energy Response Management Systems (DERMS). These integrated systems would monitor from the ultimate source utilizing IESO peaking signals, to distribution stations loading, feeder loading, right down to the distribution transformer the customer is supplied from. This system can intelligently and autonomously dispatch load control on Hot Water Tanks (HWT), electric furnaces or heat pump stages, Electric Vehicle chargers, air conditioners, pool pumps and other large controllable loads, as well as discharge batteries to ensure the system operates in a safe reliable manner, reducing the need for new, costly infrastructure. Payback analysis is being discussed at the OEB and IESO and encouraged with groups like MaRS AEC. New structures where utilities will be able to keep part of the savings by will be required to be able to operate these systems on a go forward basis.

The following strategies will be employed:

1.

Model and integrate diverse Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) controlled using a DERMS (DER Management System) to balance energy consumption and generation;

2.

Develop Net Metering data infrastructure; and

3.

Implement a utility feeder-level, island-able microgrid using a solar PV and battery storage installation to provide increased system resiliency to customers.

Benefits

The project will strengthen the northern Ontario economy, support clean technology initiatives, increase system resilience, create local jobs and demonstrate that modern technology can be integrated into the electrical grid.

The project will create an environment where Distributed Energy Resources (DER) can be integrated into the traditional electrical grid. By doing so, the local system will benefit from increased resiliency and add flexibility by introducing renewable energy sources. With this new capability, Bracebridge Generation and eventually other Local Distribution Companies will defer capital upgrades and reduce over loading on its local distribution and transmission infrastructure. (Non-Wires Solutions).

Relieve the capacity of the constrained Transmission Station (TS)
Create capacity for the local community to continue to grow/develop
Strengthen Northern economy
Enable Distributed Generation (DG)
Contribute to clean environment through reduction in GHG

Project Scope

Energy Storage:

this project will demonstrate the stacked benefits of battery storage in relation to peak shaving and demand management, voltage / outage support and reducing constraints to enable greater renewable interconnections.

Grid monitoring and Automation:

Speedier creates a state estimated real time view of the 5 local feeders, including the Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) attached to the grid, allowing for better resource management and GHG reduction.

Microgrid:

the project improves reliability and resiliency using a feeder level microgrid configuration. It will be designed to automatically respond to a variety of outage scenarios., utilizing the solar array and battery storage.

Data management and communication:

the key to visibility, control and optimization is the data structure and integration. The integration process ensures the proper firewall rules and network configuration are established as to maintain customer privacy and overall network security.

Demand Management:

this project involves managing load control for the customers with hot water tanks at 50 test sites as a pilot to automatically respond to the changing load capacity of the feeder.

EV Integration:

this project promotes the adoption of EVs in the Parry Sound community as it moves towards the net zero objective by implementing the curtailment control capabilities of the EV infrastructures.

Transactive energy refers to the economic and control techniques used to manage the flow or exchange of energy within an existing electric power system in regards to economic and market based standard values of energy. It is a business model that is used in an effort to improve the efficiency and reliability of the power tsystem, pointing towards a more intelligent and interactive future for the energy industry.

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For science, music, sport, etc, Europe uses the same vocabulary. The languages only differ in their grammar their pronunciation And their most common words.

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