Improving Energy Efficiency of Utility Systems
This project develops loss contribution factors for distribution equipment by building prototype distribution models and calculating power loss from the substation to the services at peak, and energy loss over the course of a typical annual load cycle. The models developed have varying customer load and design/construction characteristics. This investigation includes a general literature search on the issue. The findings are used to determine how much typical equipment contributes to distribution system losses, and to recommend and evaluate distribution design practices to reduce losses. The deliverable is a report that describes the findings, discusses how to minimize losses by equipment selection and sizing, and identifies the best ways to economically improve energy efficiency efficiency of the utility distribution system. The project is completed in two phases: a power loss investigation and a companion energy loss investigation. The phase 1 report (available online now) will be augmented with the phase 2 findings.