What is the Smart Grid?
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with various stakeholders, have identified the following characteristics or performance features of a smart grid:
•Self-healing from power disturbance events
•Enabling active participation by consumers in demand response
•Operating resiliently against physical and cyber attack
•Accommodating all generation and storage options
•Optimizing assets and operating efficiently
• First integrated advanced metering infrastructure with distribution automation mesh network
• First implementation of new General Electric i210+C meter
• First North American use of General Electric ENMAC system as a distribution grid management system
• First integration of the Oracle Meter Data Management information system with the Silver Springs secure wireless communications network
• First implementation of Zigbee industry standard for direct load control with Silver Springs Network.
These developments are attracting a great deal of attention from industry experts. While the list of innovations may seem a bit cryptic and technical, the bottom line is that customers who expect a higher degree of service
reliability and more control in using energy more efficiently will not be disappointed.