The Smart Grid has many moving parts, hundreds of vendors, multiple technologies, competing and complementary network standards being defined and developed, and a number of systems and architectures. So, what is it?
Where you stand depends on where you sit. Participants define the Smart Grid based on what they hope to get out of it. Some see it as a means to improve system reliability and efficiency, others as a means to enable renewable generation and still others as an opportunity to capture market share in consumer data and consumer spend plus a gateway into add-on products and services.
No matter what the view, the transmission and distribution market is finding itself at the crossroads of the energy, communications, and technology industries. It is facing the integration of gigawatts of renewable generation, the advent of electric vehicle development, and the integration of consumers into grid management.
To help sort this complex landscape out, ScottMadden is launching a series of insights that will address all the aspects of Smart Grid integration, including application technologies to communications infrastructure to T& D automation. We will address the business and operational aspects and explore regulatory and utility models that will facilitate the development of the integrated T&D grid. Read more . . .