Full Title: Are Smart Grids a Smart Investment? Hourly Load Analysis of 800,000 Utility Customers at 200 of the Largest US Utilities
Author(s): J. Jackson
Publisher(s): Jackson Associates
Publication Date: 6/2009
Length: 10 pages, PDF
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Analysis of comprehensive smart grid technology applications at 200 of the largest US utilities shows potential smart grid savings of 115,145 MegaWatts (MW) with avoided costs of more than $120 billion and net savings after smart grid costs of $48 billion. This study is the first to apply individual utility customer end-use hourly electric loads to evaluate smart grid costs and benefits. Data for more than 800,000 residential and
commercial utility customers in the 200 largest US utilities were applied in the study.