Eversource Energy Center Celebrates First Year

The Eversource Energy Center, a unique university-energy company partnership, marked a significant milestone with its one-year anniversary celebrated October 24, 2016, at the University of Connecticut. Over 90 guests participated in the event, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), Connecticut’s newly appointed Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer, the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, ISO New England, with utility, legislative and business leaders, and UConn and Eversource representatives. The event showcased the Center’s research including 11 featured projects in storm outage forecasting, tree and forest management and electric grid hardening.

A panel discussion at the Eversource Energy Center celebration. From left are ISO New England Vice President of Systems Operations Peter Brandien; Eversource Connecticut Vice President of Engineering Ken Bowes, Eversource Energy Center Director Manos Anagnostou, Connecticut Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer Arthur House, and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee. (Photo Credit: Gerald Desimas)

Connecticut DEEP Deputy Commissioner Katie Dykes described the Center’s research as transformational. “Today is an impressive milestone as in the past year you’ve quickly jumped into big projects to ensure reliable power in extreme weather and security events,” said Dykes. “Transformational information is being developed here at the Center. The insights from your research can be a template for the rest of the country and the world. Many thanks for the remarkable work so many of you do at Eversource to maintain the high standard of reliability every day.”

Ken Bowes, Eversource Vice President of Engineering, and Eversource Energy Center Executive Committee Member, highlighted the year’s success. “Our vision of a scientific, research, and operational hub is a reality,” said Bowes. “The grid of the future will be unlike anything we’ve encountered, with smart homes, smart cities, and an intelligent, interactive, automated grid. Our Center is ready to lead these important conversations, driving the innovations and advances that will create the grid of the future.”

Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives Lawrence Silbart commended the Eversource Energy Center as an example of an effective on-campus partnership and center. “The partnership with Eversource has been fantastic. It’s been great in the way it blew up in the very beginning, when Manos (Anagnostou) and others began engaging with Eversource. […] It’s fantastic to see projects that are able to support additional people, to bring them into the fold. This is one of the centers that we’re standing up to say ‘hey, as you go to form your center or institute, take a look at this one, look at how well it’s done’” Silbart said.

Eversource Energy Center’s Executive Director, Professor Emmanouil Anagnostou, highlighted the Center’s strong research expertise, including over $17 million in submitted grant proposals to the United States Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States Geological Survey, and United States Agency for International Development, to further the Center’s research. Additionally, interest in our Center’s storm outage forecasting model that accelerates storm restoration and shortens outages is growing amongst national and international utilities.

The Center is leading the research and delivering results on a wide range of emerging topics. Our excellent research capabilities, from data collection to experimental test beds, are solving real-world challenges on energy resilience.