Clean Team Proposal to Conduct a Study on the Impact of Small-Source Solar Energy Production and Plug-In Electric Cars on the Power Grid and Power Production


Supporting Material





A. Background

B. Scope of Work

C. Assumptions

D. Approach / Task Description

E. Major Project Milestones


Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in This Proposal






Approval to Proceed


In Progress Review




Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative


A. Background

Clean Team Consulting is a newly formed systems engineering group specializing in research and analysis of small-scale electric utility development projects.  The group is composed of four consultants, all with education and experience in technical areas. Clean Team strives to provide customers with a complete picture of potential development projects in order to support financially prudent and environmentally conscience decisions.


The current state of energy sourcing and production in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States relies heavily on ‘traditional’ energy sources, including coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.  While the current arrangement allows for near-term reliable and low cost power production, reliance on fossil fuels and high-risk sources creates an unsustainable solution for the long term.


As discussed in our meeting with Mr. Robert Bisson of NOVEC on 10/06/2011, across the industry, there continues to be a great need for increased investment in renewable energy.  At present, electric companies are required to accept locally sourced renewable energy into the power grid.  Also discussed during our meeting was the growing concern regarding the impact of increased plug-in electric cars usage on the existing power grid.


Locally sourced energy production includes wind, solar, and stored energy in electric car batteries. For electric cars, the major concerns are the ability to purchase power at off-peak rates and then selling that power back during peak-rate usage times, and the potential demand on the system caused by high battery recharge demand. All of these parameters have an impact on price, rate structure, and profits.


B. Scope of Work

The scope of work to be performed under this task is as follows.


1.      Through completion of the proposed project, our goal will be to provide a thorough analysis and final report on various levels of locally sourced energy production capacity for a representative “neighborhood” currently serviced by NOVEC. Included in the report will be a complete analysis of the energy production capacity based on physical limitations of the sourcing ”neighborhood”, as well as the actual likelihood of implementing home/residential solar in the area under consideration.

2.      We will analyze and report to the customer, the impact of increased plug-in electrical car usage on the power grid. This analysis will also include what impacts the use of electrical car batteries as energy could have on NOVEC’s business model.

3.      We will review all relevant federal, state, and local regulations as they pertain to small-scale solar power usage and electric car battery usage and charging.

4.      Analysis to be included in a final report to NOVEC will include background research into current energy production capacity and use characteristics for the “neighborhood” in question.

5.      The final report to the Customer will include the development of architectural artifacts used to model, analyze, and draw conclusions on the impact of the factors at hand.

Planned Duration of Task: 9 weeks.

C. Assumptions

1.      Assume all current federal, state and local regulations on locally sourced energy production and electric car battery usage apply.

2.      Assume NOVEC power production infrastructure is as currently configured.

3.      Assume normal population growth for the next 20 years.


D. Approach / Task Description

The Clean Team will conduct research, perform analyses, formulate conclusions, and report results in the manner described in Table 1.

Table 1. Approach to Conduct a Study on the Impact of Small-Source Energy Production and Plug-In Electric Cars on the Power Grid and Power Production


Description of Action

1. Meet with stakeholders to formulate the problem and solicit information

The Clean Team will meet periodically with the sponsor to:

a.          Define/Refine the problem

b.          Select a representative “neighborhood” to study

c.          Collect data

d.          Maintain projects scope

2. Research and data collection

The Clean Team shall conduct research on existing power production capacity, relevant weather data (solar), and electric car usage.


The Clean Team shall research electric car battery and battery charging technology.


The Clean Team shall research all federal, state, and local regulations that apply to the analysis being conducted

3. Perform analysis

The Clean Team shall analyze the collected research data using proven systems engineering methodologies.


The Clean Team Shall use the analysis to formulate conclusions and make recommendations.

4. Present results

Upon completion of the analysis portion of the study, the Clean Team shall present results in the form of a briefing and a final written report.



E. Major Project Milestones

The Clean Team has prepared a scaled-down, 9-week timeline for completing a Study on the Impact of Small-Source Energy Production and Plug-In Electric Cars on the Power Grid and Power Production. The timeline is presented in Table 2. The table identifies the activities required to complete the study successfully and the expected point in the project schedule at which each activity will be completed.  A Gantt chart representation of the top-level schedule is also included in Appendix A.

Table 2. Timeline for Completing the Feasibility Study on the Use of Wind Power and How to Integrate It into the Existing Power Infrastructure



Sponsor Approval to Proceed (ATP)

06 Oct 2011

Revised Problem Definition / Proposal

13 Oct 2011

*IPR- Team Presentation

20 Oct 2011

Final Presentation Draft Due

03 Nov 2011

Final Presentation Dry Run

01 Dec 2011

*Final Report / Website Due

01 Dec 2011

*Final Presentation to Faculty

08 Dec 2011


* Graded Milestone