SDSU researchers plan to study electricity use

The announcement Friday from South Dakota State University about two faculty members engaging in a study about electricity demand from residential customers led to a question:

Why hasn’t this happened before?

Zhen Ni and Tim Hansen are assistant professors in SDSU’s department of electrical engineering and computer science. They received a grant of $80,000 for one year to work on a residential energy-management system.

Their partners are Sioux Valley Energy of Colman, a local rural electric cooperative, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at Golden, Colorado.

Ni’s goals are algorithms to help energy companies reduce their costs and price rewards for customers who change the times they use electricity.

Hansen and Ni plan to use data from Sioux Valley and test their plan at the national lab.