Monday, April 16, 2012

Austin Energy and Andres Carvallo Receive Top 10 Smart Grid Award

Austin Energy has one of the longest-running smart grid programs in the United States. Under the guidance of former CIO Andres Carvallo, the electricity provider achieved 100 percent meter penetration in 2009. Its current smart grid 2.0 offering includes more than 110 megawatts of load shedding capacity via 120,000 remotely controllable smart thermostats.

In February, Austin announced its plan to implement 4.8 megawatts of backup power using Vycon Energy flywheels at its 190,000-square-foot data center. Furthermore, the utility has partnered with the Pecan Street demonstration project which will feature a smart grid community of 1,000 residents and 75 businesses designed  around integrating smart meters with distributed generation, energy storage, PEVs, and new electricity pricing models.

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