Why Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™?
Industry suppliers and consumers alike are calling for tools that will help them evaluate smart grid performance. The Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™(PEER™) program provides performance measures and design criteria that focus on what is important to consumers— Enabling Customer Action, Operational Efficiency, Reliability, Power Quality and Safety, and Energy Efficiency and Environment. The program is grounded in the quality methods that were pioneered by Bob Galvin at Motorola.
A growing number of stakeholders, electricity suppliers and utilities are exploring how quality can help ensure that smart grid efforts are successful. PEER is the only available measurement tool designed to help the industry apply quality principles to grid modernization.
Stakeholders also benefit from the fact that these principles are:
- Developed by an independent nonprofit;
- Vetted by a team of industry experts; and
- Supported by Underwriters Laboratories, with 100+ years of safety certification experience.
The PEER metrics are also available for use and adoption by a variety of stakeholders seeking an evaluation tool for smart grid projects and systems overall. For example:
- Corporate and university campuses, military installations or mixed-use developments can use the metrics to evaluate overall electricity system performance and guide improvement activities.
- Developers, architects, engineers and consultants can use them as guidelines for vendor technical proposals.
- Municipalities, utilities and ISOs can use them in setting goals for their own grid modernization projects for ongoing operations.
- Electricity power suppliers can use the Energy Efficiency and Environment mini-seal to rate their power generation fleet performance to create a competitive advantage.
- Electricity suppliers and technology providers can use them to guide design inputs and outputs.
- Regulators, state and local officials, and consumer groups can use them as standards for evaluating whether utility smart grid projects are delivering value to consumers.
MICROGRIDS are groups of buildings or large buildings that are served by site substation(s) that take power from the bulk power system. They often provide on-site power generation as well. These grid sub-systems serve local governments or specific constituents such as universities or mixed-use developments.
Pecan Street Inc. in Austin, Texas, became the first adopter of the PEER metrics in February 2011. It is now a PEER partner that will be applying the metrics to the project itself, as well as helping to refine the PEER and broaden its reach.
Stakeholders in California and Illinois are using the PEER™ metrics to guide local smart grid efforts in those states as well.