In a comprehensive showcase of smart grid elements and how they work together, we are testing and demonstrating advanced technologies today at our Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration (ISGD) project in Irvine, California. In a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other partners including APEP at the University of California, Irvine, our project is an integrated framework designed to test how smart grid technologies connect, communicate, and interoperate. Learn more about ISGD.

Energy Smart Homes

The focus is on energy reliability, efficiency technologies, and customer choice. Its environment – a residential community – allows for real-life testing. Participating households will upgrade their homes with technologies designed to boost efficiency, energy management, and reliability.

Configurations being evaluated include:

  • Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Homes
  • Residential Energy Storage Units (RESU) Homes
  • Community Energy Storage (CES) Homes
  • Control homes for baseline comparison

Scalability for the Nation’s Grid

As an end-to-end smart distribution system, our smart grid demonstration also incorporates grid level distribution automation technologies, reliability controls, distributed generation, and distributed energy storage.

Our partner, the U.S. Department of Energy, is simultaneously evaluating scalability for future application across the nation’s electricity grid. Learn more about the project’s objectives.

ISGD in the News


Project Homeowner Page (Blocks 1,2,3)
Project Homeowner Page (Block 4 Control Group)