The American Public Power Association (Association) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to pursue joint research to help public power utilities maintain and improve the reliability of their electricity delivery systems.
Joint research will be undertaken to develop new reliability metrics to help public power utilities better understand their system performance. The metrics will incorporate information on the cost of power interruptions to customers. Utilities will be able to prioritize and evaluate the effectiveness of their reliability investments and operating practices. The partnership will analyze trends in reliability performance.
“We are looking forward to collaborating with Berkeley Lab to help public power utilities plan and operate their systems more reliably,” said Alex Hofmann, Director of Energy and Environmental Services at the American Public Power Association.
“We are excited to combine Berkeley Lab expertise and tools for reliability value-based planning with the Association’s understanding of public power utility planning and operating practices,” said Joe Eto, a staff scientist with Berkeley Lab. “This collaboration will allow public power to benefit directly from past research as well as provide real-world partners to improve existing practices and develop new science-based approaches to reliability.”