I’ve been racking my brain searching for the bridge between my profession as a Senior Energy Professional in the energy and environmental sector and my new ventures in artificial general intelligence (AGI). And, I’ve discovered the answer…Settlement Quality AI Data (SQAID) for microgrids.
Here’s a bit of history that might help the understanding.
I’ve been active in the California energy sector for since 1995 and have guided public and private organizations through the intricate process of implementing energy and environmental programs. These programs include advanced metering infrastructures, competitive green power supply, distributed and utility scale generation, performance contracting agreements and solar power purchase agreements.
As the Vice President of Sales & Energy Services for Commonwealth Energy Corporation, I managed the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) account and sold over 100 MW of renewable electricity services to their SANDAG members.
When I first arrived at Commonwealth the market was in chaos and the California Energy Crisis looming. As an Energy Service Provider, we were mandated by the California Public Utility Commission to comply and to seamlessly integrate all policy and activities with the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and the California Independent System Operator (California ISO).
At the same time, the IOUs began building Advanced metering infrastructures (AMIs) throughout the state. An AMI is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities, service providers and customers.
As per the California ISO, “Metering and telemetry ensure operational accuracy. Accurate metering of electricity generated or consumed provides key data inputs for accurate settlement calculations. Direct measurement of a generator or load participant through telemetry allows the ISO to manage and monitor power generation in real-time.”
Therefore the functions of the Meter Service Providers (MSPs) and Meter Data Management Agents (MDMA) were crucial to provide Schedule Coordinators (SCs) with…Settlement Quality Meter Data (SQMD).
Meaning all meter data went through a vigorous Validation, Editing and Estimation (VEE) process and then parceled for various functions related to customer billing, load and financial settlement, load profile creation and procurement forecasting, demand response programs, etc.
So WTF is Settlement Quality AI Data (SQAID) for microgrids?!
By definitiion, microgrids are modern, small-scale versions of the centralized electricity system. They are a localized group of electricity sources and loads that normally operates connected to and synchronous with the traditional centralized electrical grid (macrogrid), but can also disconnect to “island mode” — and function autonomously as physical and/or economic conditions dictate.
SCADA is a control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications and graphical user interfaces for high-level process supervisory management, but uses other peripheral devices such as programmable logic controllers and discrete PID controllers to interface to the microgrid.
The SCADA computer system handles operator interfaces that enable monitoring and the issuing of process commands, such as controller set point changes. However, the real-time control logic or controller calculations are performed by networked modules that are connected to field sensors and actuators.
So Why is any of this Important?!
So imagine the value created by SQAID, instantaneously read from Smart AI meters, devices and sensors by an AI Schedule Coordinator which controls microgrid operations and facilitates authority having jurisdiction compliance requirements. There could be billions of energy dollar savings created by the use of a common SQAID algorithm.
Imagine an AI Agent using SQAID and acting in the capacity of the traditional MSP, MDMA, SC and SCADA process. And served from a microgrid, guaranteeing reliability, health and life safety, security, and most importantly human and AI comfort and long-term sustainability.
About the Author
Patrick A. Weller is known for his authorship of the Smart Modernization and Retrofit Technology Solutions (SMARTS) Program recognized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. His historic monetization of ARRA investment capital was achieved by using an ironclad investment grade audit and a standard of care that withstood the “test of scrutiny” of the federal, state, local government and Investor Owned Utilities.
Related online information:
City of Grover Beach Goes Green: https://www.grover.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/111
SOL DOMINIQUE I | Dennys W. Sacramento Power Purchase Agreement: https://youtu.be/EMYsIiKZWdk