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
David K. Owens
Chair, AABE Legislative Issues and Public Policy Committee
AABE Smart Grid Working Group Webinar
September 7, 2011
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:
Remote Monitoring of Expensive Equipment(e.g. Transformers)
PowerlineBroadband over Powerline (BPL)
CellularRadio Frequency (RF)
…Giving customers the tools and the know-how to be smarter energy consumers
Utilities are facing major challenges:
Infrastructure investment needs--$1.5-2 Trillion
Climate change other environmental issues
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
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
Customers are not seeing immediate benefits