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Smart grid could revolutionize America's electric infrastructure

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This past Labor Day Americans celebrated hard workers across the country, including the utility employees who worked the whole long weekend to ensure grid reliability and address any problems that arose.

Helping these workers get the job done were a host of new smart grid technologies that have been installed through grid modernization projects that speed up utilities' response to outages and expedite power restoration, according to The Energy Collective.

The technologies are being used to monitor and control a wide range of equipment found throughout the grid, including substations, poles and wires, transformers and other devices. Data derived from these devices can help utilities identify where damage has occurred and the extent of the problems, then develop a solution to repair the fault.

These devices have the potential to revolutionize the way electricity is distributed across the country, and how utilities manage this energy. For example, grid modernization efforts will better integrate domestic, renewable energy such as solar or wind power into the grid. With these sources offering intermittent power supply, smart grid technologies will be used to ensure a regular flow of power from generation plants.

SUBNET has developed tools and products that help utilities efficiently install such technologies on substations and other electric infrastructure. 

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