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ETS Glossary

  • Coded Data: Direct personal identifiers have been removed (e.g., from data or specimens) and replaced with words, letters, figures, symbols, or a combination of these (not derived from or related to the personal information) for purposes of protecting the identity of the source(s); but the original identifiers are retained in such a way that they can be traced back to the source(s) by someone with the code. Note: A code is sometimes also referred to as a “key,” “link,” or “map.”
    • Source: Ohio State University Office of Responsible Research Practices (link).
    • Coded data will be provided to NEI and YEC as discussed in “Data Collection”. As data will be coming from a variety of sources like different sensors, surveys, ets., the personal identifiers will be important for them to gather all the data for each participant to aide in their research and monitoring. “OIL1_001” would be an example of an identifier for a participant whose home is provided power through YEC’s Feeder #1 and has converted from an oil furnace to ETS through their participation in this project. YCS will have the key to match each identifier to the participant’s contact information but will not have access to the data.

 

  • Electric Energy: As energy is defined the capacity to do work, electric energy is the capacity to do work with electricity. If one watt of electric power is used for one hour, one watt-hour (1 Wh) of electric energy will be used. This is equivalent to 3600 joules (3600 J). Electricity bills are typically based on how much electric energy has been consumed in terms of kilowatt-hours, which are equal to one thousand watt-hours (1000 Wh = 1 kWh).

 

  • Electrical Grid: A system which distributes electricity from generating stations to end-users. Generating stations can include hydropower plants, solar panels, diesel generators, and more, while end-users vary from residential homes to mining operations. Electrical grids are made up of long-distance transmission towers (large towers, typically used to connect generating stations with communities), distribution lines and transformers (smaller power lines, along poles in most communities).

 

  • Electric Power: Power is the rate at which energy is spent. One watt-hour (1 Wh) of electric energy will be used up in an hour if used at a rate of one watt (1 W), but it will be used up in half that time if the rate doubles to two watts (2 W).

 

  • Electric Thermal Storage: Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) refers to an electric furnace that stores heat energy for release when it is needed.  This allows a home or building to use nighttime or ‘off-peak’ electricity to ‘charge’ the ETS heater and then gradually release, or ‘discharge’, the stored heat throughout the day. By using and storing off-peak electricity, the ETS unit avoids consuming electricity during the day when electric loads are highest, thus reducing the need for standby diesel generators to meet peak loads on the electrical grid.

 

  • Feeder: Power line providing electricity from a substation to a particular region of an electrical grid. Within Whitehorse, feeder numbers are loosely associated with specific neighbourhoods.

 

  • Substation: Station comprised of electrical equipment typically used to transform high voltage electricity, such as from generating stations or long-distance transmission lines, to lower voltage that can be used by customers like residential homes.

 

  • Winter Peak: Periods during which the demand on the electrical grid for electric power is highest. Here in Whitehorse these typically occur during winter in the mornings, when households are getting ready for the day, and evening, when people are returning home from work and school. Winter peaks that occur during cold snaps are particularly severe due to the increased need for heating.

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