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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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: will take EE and
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 growthWhy Do We Need A Smarter Grid?(Grid Modernization)
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 benefitsSmart Grid Implementation Challenges