The amount of data that smart grid devices can generate is indeed vast, as commentator after commentator will tell you. The big hurdle is leveraging that data to deliver real value for utilities and the customers they serve. Using data to enable not just real-time analytics, but real-time grid control decisions, remain a major goal. [...]
About Mike EdmondsAs S&C’s Vice President—Strategic Solutions, Mike Edmonds is responsible for the strategy, direction and execution of S&C’s portfolio of solutions families. Prior to joining S&C in April 2010 Edmonds was Vice President & General Manager of Siemens USA Energy Automation group, responsible for the real-time solutions business for energy management systems, market systems, substation automation and protection control. Edmonds’ previous roles include VP & GM for PTI, whose products and services serve 130 countries in system planning including early adoption and endorsement of the common information model (CIM).
A recent story by the AP on power reliability has received a lot of attention. The gist of the article is that even though the cost of electricity has gone up over the last decade, power reliability has actually declined. In my view, a major reason for this discrepancy is that we under-invested in the [...]
Communication systems are essential for many smart grid applications to function properly. This need is heightened for critical grid applications that help ensure power reliability—a major objective of smart grid programs. As such, it is equally critical to ensure the proper performance of communication systems that support such grid applications, like distribution automation. Communication network [...]
Like many in the electric industry, I was very interested to hear President Obama’s remarks on energy in his State of the Union address this week. President Obama continued to emphasize the importance of adopting new sources of clean energy in the U.S. He also talked about the value provided by energy efficiency technology and [...]
We still have a long way to go in building a truly smart grid in the U.S., but smart grid deployments have increased dramatically in recent years. As deployments have grown, so has the need to develop new tools to manage smart grid technology. Meter data management (MDM) and analytics software have gotten lots of [...]
As a greater percentage of our electricity supply comes from intermittent renewable energy generation, the challenges of integrating these supplies to the grid are magnified. Rapid changes in output from renewable energy generation can cause significant disruptions to power systems, impacting power quality as well as power reliability. Energy storage resources can play a [...]