The SGRC was initiated at Texas A&M University early in 2010 to develop and apply a comprehensive cost/benefit smart grid analysis framework for application at electric cooperatives, municipal and other public utilities. The Consortium was developed and led by Dr. Jerry Jackson, an energy economist with 30 years' experience in new technology market analysis, electric utility modeling and forecasting and financial analysis and a Texas A&M University Signature professor.
The SGRC transitioned to an independent research and consulting firm in January 2011 with Dr. Jackson as the Leader and Research Director. Initial objectives of the SGRC were to assist electric cooperatives and public utilities quantitatively evaluate smart grid investments including developing investment strategies, evaluating vendor proposals and assessing ongoing investment programs.
As smart grid technologies have developed and general business case experience has grown in recent years, the SGRC has expanded its mission to combine resources of Jackson Associates (JA) and the SGRC team. JA was established in the early 1980s to provide utility and regulator forecasting, database development, technology and utility program analysis. JA and has an extensive client list of over two hundred organizations.
A variety of new grid-related technology analyses (microgrids, solar, battery storage, etc.) have been conducted and supported with Jackson Associates widely-used 7+ million record MAISY Utility Customer Energy Use and Hourly Loads Databases and Smart Grid Resources. MAISY (Market Analysis and Information System) databases provided much of the quantitative data required by previous SGIM business case applications.
The Utility Customer Energy Cost and Emissions Benchmarking Widgets are a new SGRC/Jackson Associates offering designed to motivate utility customers to reduce electricity use and emissions by providing an easy-to-use energy cost and emissions comparison with similar customers in their ZIP codes. Widgets identify cost and carbon emission savings of potential efficiency improvements and are easily installed with a button on the utility Web site.
The Widgets reflect a significant advance in achieving DR and efficiency targets by applying past experience, a comprehensive nation-wide database of utility customers, more accurate benchmarking analysis, and new research on decision-maker motivational behavior.
Experience shows that providing this information, in addition to increasing customer satisfaction, is one of the most successful strategies for motivating utility customers to conserve electricity use, reduce system peak and increase customer satisfaction. The Widget benchmarking comparisons are based on the MAISY Utility Customer Energy Use Databases.
Additional information on Jackson Associates clients and experience are available here