GridPoint Offers Solutions to KCP&L’s Green Impact Zone SmartGrid Demonstration
GridPoint, a provider of smart grid solutions, has announced that it will provide home energy management, load management and electric vehicle management software solutions for KCP&L’s Green Impact Zone SmartGrid Demonstration in Kansas City, Mo.
The project is the recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. GridPoint said that it worked with the utility to draft the proposal, which is part of $620 million allocated by the U.S. Department of Energy in support of smart grid demonstration projects.
The project is expected to integrate with a wider urban revitalization effort, the Green Impact Zone, providing it with a modern energy infrastructure. Additionally, it’s expected to provide area businesses and residents with efficiency via information about electricity supply, demand and prices as well as help them to manage their electricity use and save money.
In collaboration with the City of Kansas City, Green Impact Zone participants and its solution partners, KCP&L will deploy an end-to-end smart grid that is expected to include advanced generation, distribution and customer technologies and solutions to the demonstration area’s electrical infrastructure.
“We commend KCP&L for undertaking this ambitious project, which has a strong focus on engaging consumers,” said Peter L. Corsell, CEO at GridPoint, adding that the utility shares “our belief that their participation is a key component of building an intelligent, modern electric grid.”
GridPoint’s home energy management solution is expected to engage KCP&L customers in an ongoing conversation. Company officials said that it’ll provide tools to automate and control the heating, cooling and operation of smart devices within their homes.
Moreover, customers will receive GridPoint’s consumer portal, which will provide a comprehensive picture of energy usage and real-time data about pricing. Company officials said that this will enable them to automatically schedule time-of-day and device-specific commands.
KCP&L said that it also plans to demonstrate how real-time grid conditions and driver needs can be balanced to intelligently charge plug-in electric vehicles. GridPoint’s smart charging software manages the flow of electricity to both vehicles and charging infrastructure.
Also, in order to manage peak demand and shape load, KCP&L will utilize GridPoint’s load management solution, featuring prediction algorithms, automated scheduling and advanced measurement and verification tools.
“GridPoint will allow us to provide visibility and control to our customers and at the same time help us increase the efficiency and reliability of the grid, reduce costs and prepare for the arrival of new technologies such as plug-in vehicles,” said Ed Matthews, director for Smart Grid, at KCP&L.
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