Skip to main content

Southern California Edison Company

Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration


Southern California Edison (SCE) is conducting an end-to-end demonstration of numerous Smart Grid technologies necessary to meet state and federal policy goals for the year 2020. The Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration (ISGD) project will investigate the use of phasor measurement technology to enable deep, substation-level situational awareness. The project will also evaluate the latest generation of distribution automation technologies, including looped 12 kV distribution circuit topology utilizing universal remote circuit interrupters. Advanced Volt/VAR Control capabilities will also be used to demonstrate customer energy consumption savings through conservation voltage reduction. The project scope includes customer homes, where the integration, monitoring, control, and efficacy of home area network devices such as energy management systems, smart appliances, energy storage, and photovoltaic systems will be demonstrated. The impact of device-specific demand response (DR), as well as load management capabilities involving energy storage devices and plug-in electric vehicle charging equipment will also be assessed. DR events will use the protocol standards being adopted by Advanced Metering Infrastructure programs such as Edison SmartConnect®. The project results will also demonstrate the next generation of Substation Automation (SA-3), an automation and control design based on the open standard IEC-61850. This is expected to provide measurable engineering, operations, and maintenance benefits through improved safety, security, and reliability.

Contact Information

David Szucs
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940

Michael Montoya
Principal Investigator
Southern California Edison
14799 Chestnut Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Recipient: Southern California Edison Company
HQ State: California
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $79,242,416
Federal Share: $39,621,208
Funding Program:
Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Advance energy independence through increased renewable energy usage
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, and plug-in electric vehicle integration
  • Promote open industry standards for interoperability and cybersecurity
  • Evaluate organizational capabilities needed for Smart Grid implementation

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

None:prod None build None