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An Overview of the Smart Grid. David K. Owens Chair, AABE Legislative Issues and Public Policy Committee AABE Smart Grid Working Group Webinar September 7, 2011. What is the Smart Grid?.

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An overview of the smart grid

An Overview of the Smart Grid

David K. Owens

Chair, AABE Legislative Issues and Public Policy Committee

AABE Smart Grid Working Group Webinar

September 7, 2011


What is the smart grid

What is the Smart Grid?

An advanced, telecommunication / electric grid with sensors and smart devices linking all aspects of the grid, from generator to consumer, and delivering enhanced operational capabilitiesthat:

  • Provide CONSUMERS with the information and toolsnecessary  to be responsiveto electricity grid conditions (including price and reliability) through the use of electric devices and new services (from smart thermostats to PHEV)

  • Ensure EFFICIENTuse of the electric grid (optimizing current assets while integrating emerging technologies such as renewables and storage devices)

  • Enhance RELIABILITY (protecting the gridfrom cyber and natural attacks, increasing power qualityand promoting early detection and self correcting grid “self-healing”)


Smart grid sensing and measurement

Smart Grid … Sensing and Measurement

Advanced Sensors

Remote Monitoring of Expensive Equipment(e.g. Transformers)

Smart Meters


Smart grid integrated communications

Smart Grid … Integrated Communications

Examples:

PowerlineBroadband over Powerline (BPL)

CellularRadio Frequency (RF)

Satellite


Smart grid advanced control

Smart Grid …Advanced Control


Smart meter platform and home area network technologies will take ee and dr to new levels

Smart Meter Platform and Home Area Network Technologies will take EE and DR to New Levels

…Giving customers the tools and the know-how to be smarter energy consumers

HAN communication

SmartMeter communication


Why do we need a smarter grid grid modernization

Utilities are facing major challenges:

Infrastructure investment needs--$1.5-2 Trillion

Climate change other environmental issues

Energy independence

Cyber-security

A smarter grid will enable utilities to:

Empower customers to control and optimize their energy usage

Rely on greater amounts of distributed generation—wind, solar, etc.

Use electricity as a fuel for vehicles

Enhance the reliability and efficiency of the power grid

Provide the framework and foundation for future economic growth

Why Do We Need A Smarter Grid?(Grid Modernization)


Transformational technology

Transformational Technology

  • Game Changing Technology that Will Transform the Industry

    • New Customer Relationships

    • Greater and Better Customer Energy Control

    • New Businesses / Strategic Partnerships

    • New Market Participants


A new kind of utility customer engagement

A New Kind of Utility/Customer Engagement

  • Use of advanced customer service channels to deliver customer benefits, choice and control

  • Shift from reactive issue resolution to proactive information transfer

  • Information push versus pull customer service model


Smart meter map details

Smart Meter Map Details

  • 27 million smart meters installed as of September 1, 2011.

  • The map captures smart meter installations and planned deployments by IOUs, large public power utilities, and some coops.

  • 65 million smart meters projected to be deployed by 2015.

    • 54% of U.S. households


Smart grid implementation challenges

There is tremendous and growing pushback from customers and regulators to the smart meter. It focuses on

Accuracy of meters

Health concerns: Radio Frequency Exposure

Who decides whether a meter should be installed?

Cost of installation

Access to information: privacy intrusion

Impact “at risk” customers

Dynamic pricing

Customers are not seeing immediate benefits

Smart Grid Implementation Challenges


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