The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program enables PG&E to work with the other California investor-owned utilities and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop Smart Grid technology demonstration and deployment programs.
The program features a Grid Operations Situational Intelligence (GOSI) project made up of “next-generation” operator consoles. Over the past decade, Grid Operators have been able to access more sources of information, but through a variety of different programs. GOSI will combine diverse data types into a single visualization. It will allow operators to display or hide several different types of information, overlaying key data on a map of the service territory. GOSI will:
- Demonstrate real-time data integration and visualization for distributed energy resources
- Evaluate benefits and use cases of a single-interface software platform
- Provide a single software interface as a tool for distribution operators and engineers/power quality end users
- Test visualization tools and alarms
- Provide information for a future technology roadmap for the Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) platform
Discover the benefits of GOSI
Following are some potential benefits of a full-scale GOSI application:
- Increased safety. Enable Grid Operators to better understand dynamic situations, improving decision-making when preventing or responding to emergency situations.
- Lower consumer costs.
- Decrease costs through root cause analyses.
- Reduce circuit-planning effort from customer reassignments.
- Plan for outage support.
- Increased reliability.
- Prevent outages through early warnings.
- Reduce the number of power quality complaints and investigations.
- Reduce the number of power quality complaints from renewables.
- Improve restoration speed using more granular, real-time data.