Vineyard Energy Project Smart Grid Project
Vineyard Energy Project, located in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, will receive $800,000 in funding to develop a smarter energy grid. The U.S. Department of Energy selected Vineyard Energy Project to receive federal stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Vineyard Energy Project involves the deployment of customer systems to enable real-time load measurement and management while helping customers optimize their electricity usage. The main objective is to assess the effectiveness and customer acceptance of the technologies and determine the extent to which they can help accommodate greater penetration of wind energy. Home area networks, energy management systems, direct control devices (including water heaters, air conditioners, and water pumps), and various smart appliances are integrated into Vineyard Power Management System (VPMS) (i.e., Vineyard Power’s load balancing system). The project also allows participating customers access to a Web portal—allowing them to view their energy usage information and their participation in adjusting the load shape to better match wind generation patterns.
- Customer Systems for 36 Customers
- Home Area Networks
- Customer Web Portal
- Energy Management Systems
- Direct Load Control Devices
- Smart Appliances
- One Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions
- Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers