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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 16 Issue 7
Making the power grid a smart grid will encompass vast changes to infrastructure (communications, applications, endpoint devices), operations (centralized monitoring and control, outage management, video security) and customer relations (home devices, power usage, behavior programs).
Much has changed with utility-sponsored load control systems that use direct load control (DLC). DLC is a utility-sponsored demand-side management program where customer participation in the program is voluntary, but participation in load control events is not—even though most programs offer ways to opt out of control for specific needs. The control imposed on participating appliances is chosen by the customer when he or she volunteers for the program, and it cannot be changed during a control event.
The penetration of new load types has increased in the past few years and is expected to increase further. Some new load types such as compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and appliances with variable speed drives (VSDs) are generally more energy-efficient and, therefore, are expected to reduce overall consumption and peak demand.
Successful businesses aren't based upon the best technologies. They're neither based upon the most efficient operations, nor are they based upon the best customer service. Successful businesses are based on all of these factors, especially in the utility industry.
The globally intensifying smart grid rollout calls on utilities to operate differently, but distribution engineering is undergoing the most significant transformation. Instead of receiving power from a few large-scale generators or the transmission grid, the smart grid envisions power flowing in different directions.
When I ran an electric utility operations division, one of my favorite employees was a guy named Stanley. Stanley started as a line worker. He climbed poles, became a foreman and then a supervisor. Finally, Stanley managed all the crews in the region. I remember how Stanley worked.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) governing board is accelerating progress toward international smart grid interoperability standards collaboration.
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