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Grid intelligence triggers a new era of energy transformation across Ireland


How they did it

How ESB Networks got smarter. In 2008, the Irish government announced a mojar sustainable energy initiative aimed at boosting the share of energy consumption derived from renewable sources to 40 percent by 2020. The initiative also ensures that electric vehicles account for at least one in 10 cars on Irish roads. But Ireland's national electricity provider ESB Networks laid out an even more ambitious vision.


ESB Networks: A “five rings” model combining wind power, a smart grid, smart meters, a nationwide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and home energy generation has put Ireland on track to reach the government’s goal of 40 percent renewable energy consumption by 2020


Getting smarter

ESB Networks’ energy strategy brings together nationwide elements that work cohesively to reduce outages and increase the reliability of renewable power sources.

  • Instrumented: The solution monitors and tracks electricity usage from a variety of sources, ranging from realtime smart meters in the home to sensors mounted on electric vehicles, to compile a broad profile of customer power usage and broader behavior patterns.

  • Interconnected: Near realtime monitoring enables not only consistent, usage-based billing but also a feedback loop to grid planners to ensure grid capacity is in sync with electricity demand.

  • Intelligent: Embedded algorithms predict the impact of electricity usage patterns – be they household or vehicle-based – on grid capacity at different times of the day, enabling planners to make necessary adjustments and maintain grid stability.


Smarter outcomes A Smarter Planet solution is measured by its results. Here are the outcomes of ESB Networks' smart grid solutions.

Outcomes of ESB Networks' smart grid solution. 100% reduction expected in service-level penalties. 15% higher satisfaction ratings vs. peer EU utilities. 9% reduction in peak electricity consumption for smart meter homes.

Outcomes of ESB Networks' smart grid solution. 100% reduction expected in service-level penalties. 15% higher satisfaction ratings vs. peer EU utilities. 9% reduction in peak electricity consumption for smart meter homes.

 

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