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The Smart Grid
Our current electric grid was built in the 1890s and improved upon as technology advanced through each decade. Today, it consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines. Although the electric grid is considered an engineering marvel, we are stretching its patchwork nature to its capacity. To move forward, we need…Learn more>>
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SMART GRID 101
Smart grid is a generic label for the application of computer intelligence and networking abilities to a dumb electricity distribution system. Smart grid initiatives seek to improve operations, maintenance and planning by making sure that each component of the electric grid can both ‘talk’ and ‘listen’. Another major component of smart grid technology is automation.
Today’s electrical networks are evolving into Smart Grids. SmartGrids are an intelligent electrical network with two-way flow of energy and real-time information between power generation, grid operators and consumers.
This innovative technology allows for better integration of renewable energies and more efficient electrical transmission across the whole energy grid.
Alstom Grid is at the heart of this Smart Grid revolution, with solutions combining its key technologies to provide immediate benefits to energy producers, utilities, industries and end-users… Learn more>> gegridsolutions.com
…Much in the way that a “smart” phone these days means a phone with a computer in it, smart grid means “computerizing” the electric utility grid. It includes adding two-way digital communication technology to devices associated with the grid. Each device on the network can be given sensors to gather data (power meters, voltage sensors, fault detectors, etc.), plus two-way digital communication between…Read more>> energy.gov
International Electrotechnical Commission
Electric energy is the ultimate just-in-time product. It needs to be used the moment it is generated and must be supplied continuously. Today’s Grids are deeply rooted in technology that was modern more than 100 years ago, long before the first micro chip. Most Smart Grid Project managers are now charged with updating those legacy systems. And the big question is how….Read more>> iec.ch
ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
A Smart Grid is one that incorporates information and communications technology into every aspect of electricity generation, delivery and consumption in order to minimize environmental impact, enhance markets, improve reliability and service, and reduce costs and improve efficiency…Read more>> smartgrid.epri.com