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Understanding the scope of the smart grid

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, October 01, 2012

The current smart grid running through the United States, which is the product of years of innovations, trial and error and engineering marvels, has allowed utilities to deliver and receive electricity with much greater reliability and efficiency.

However, it will take more than just the proverbial "next step" to further enhance smart grid technologies, according to The Energy Collective. Instead it will be a highly connected range of steps or even giant leaps that occur in several industries that will drive further smart grid development.

One of the most pressing issues that will affect utilities is the sheer magnitude of what it takes to run a two-way power flow system, as opposed to traditional one-way networks. This will require utilities to master the use of technologies used for distributed generation and secure, real-time information sharing.

"This shift also demands substantial change in regulations and business processes, as there are brand-new questions to be worked out in terms of who shoulders the costs of interconnection and how players on both ends of connections are to be equitably compensated," wrote Dick DeBlasio, chief engineer at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

SUBNET has already helped North America's leading utilities implement smart grid programs that ultimately lead to more efficient operations. 

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