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To estimate the value of solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging on a small utility's distribution network, power system simulation was performed to compare the load profiles and bills of various levels of deployment. This project used Utah State University's south distribution network and its new parking structure as a testbed for simulation and analysis of new energy technology. The project found that for a rate structure with a fixed capacity reservation and a low energy charge, campus solar power is not currently viable for significantly reducing costs. Conversely, electric vehicle charging could be implemented at a low cost and in high numbers, particularly if active load management is used to limit charging to avoid overloading the network.
Utah State University
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Morgan, Jackson, "Modeling Performance of Microgrid and Electric Vehicle Technology on the Utah State University Electric Distribution Network" (2020). Fall Student Research Symposium 2020. 54.