Planning an Affordable, Resilient and, Sustainable Grid in North Carolina

Planning an Affordable, Resilient and, Sustainable Grid in North Carolina
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is partnering with UNC Charlotte and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University on a project that will focus on developing and evaluating metrics that allow regulators to better determine the value of investments in grid resiliency.

The goal of the two-year project is to evaluate metrics that can be used for valuing investments in grid resiliency.  The focus will be on metrics that value the economic impact of various investments. It will include opportunities for interested stakeholders to review the metrics developed by the research team and to provide input into an advanced grid scenario focused on enabling a more decentralized resilient grid, including micro/mini grids that can support critical services, such as hospitals, in the case of power outages.  

Led by Drs. Badrul Chowdhury, Robert Cox, Mike Mazzola, and Madhav Manjrekar of ECE, the project will analyze outage data provided by Duke Energy following major weather-related disasters that have impacted North Carolina over the last several years.  One this baseline information is known, the team will consider the potential impact of Duke Energy’s proposed grid-hardening measures, including distribution automation and undergrounding power lines. The team will also consider the potential impact of the advanced grid scenario that would include incentives for microgrids and other advanced technologies.