Smart Grid

Expansion of Smart Grid Development – City of Anaheim, California

Project Duration: 2010

The City of Anaheim California, Public Utilities Department is a City owned not-for profit electric and water utility, responsible for delivering high quality, economical electric and water utility services to residents and businesses in the City. The purpose of the project was to create, document and provide assistance to the Utility of planning, developing, implementing and receiving grand funding for Smart Grid Applications from the US Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant Program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Grant was focused on four distinct areas of the program:

  • Ability to sense and localize power flow disruptions
  • Detection of Cyber Security Threats
  • Installation of equipment able to automatically respond to threats or power variations
  • Use of new digital controls to manage and modify demand and assist in voltage control, provide operating reserves and frequency regulation

Auriga provided assistance to the City of Anaheim to prepare and develop preliminary designs, specifications, cost estimates and recommendations to complete grant applications for Smart Grid Grants from the US Department of Energy (DOE). Auriga assisted the City in defining and selecting the eventual project to apply for the grant.


Feasibility Study: Integrated Smart Grid System – Karachi Electric Supply Company
(KESC), Pakistan

Project Duration: 2011 – 2012

The goal of the Karachi Smart Grid System Project is to develop a plan and strategy to reduce or eliminate KESC’s losses of power through technical and non-technical sources. Estimates of power losses experienced by KESC approach 40%. The resultant loss of revenue by KESC has become unacceptable and has become a heavy burden on KESC business.

The objective of this project is to conduct a feasibility study to develop and implement a Pilot project and develop a strategy, select a technology and define the policies and procedures to implement a technological solution to reduce the losses.

The technical approach includes the presentation of three different technologies, these include:

  • Smart Grid Technologies
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
  • Wireless Sensor Technology

Each technology presents both technical and economic pros and cons. Working closely with the management and leadership of KESC Auriga will jointly examined and selected the most practical and cost effective technology for this project.

The Auriga team is examining many case studies of similar implementation of Smart Grids, both in the United States and internationally to develop a practical and doable plan for KESC’s project.