The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed an approach to assessing the benefits of the Smart Grid, which is being applied to the Smart Grid Demonstration Program (SGDP) and Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects, which are being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This section outlines the DOE approach including:
Smart Grid Computational Tool
DOE also developed the Smart Grid Computational Tool to identify and quantify smart grid project benefits. The Smart Grid Computational Tool employs the analytical framework that DOE uses to evaluate the Recovery Act smart grid projects.
Learn more about the Smart Grid Computational Tool:
- Download the Smart Grid Computational Tool >>
- Smart Grid Computational Tool Explanation >>
- DOE Smart Grid Computational Tool Users Guide 2.00 >>
Interruption Cost Estimate Calculator
In addition, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory developed for DOE the Interruption Cost Estimate (ICE) Calculator , which allows users to estimate the economic benefits that customers receive from reliability This online planning tool relies on well-established reliability statistics that utilities collect on a routine basis including System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI), System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), and Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI).
Energy Storage Computational Tool
DOE has developed the Energy Storage Computational Tool to identify and quantify the benefits of energy storage projects. The Energy Storage Computational Tool leverages the architecture of the Smart Grid Computational Tool and adapts it to focus specifically on grid-connected energy storage assets and the various applications they pursue.
Learn more about the Energy Storage Computational Tool: