AMI advances Smart Grid... Progress for demand response and metering...Digital signal processing is key to Smart Grid...
By: SGN Staff
AMI to pave path towards Smart Grid. Smart metering will make even greater leaps when used to enable distribution automation, demand response, load management, and real-time pricing, Dave Turner points out in a Utility Automation & Engineering T&D article. Although many utilities still contend that it is in their best interest to wait until Smart Grid standards are further along, a good number of companies are taking a proactive approach by selecting and deploying advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) and smart grid enabling technologies to ensure they are properly positioned for the future. According to Turner, technologies based on robust standards that are remotely re-programmable and capable of communicating across multiple communications platforms will be essential forces in driving the Smart Grid.
QuickTake: The article offers a persuasive commentary on the potential of AMI. Turner recognizes the impact that state regulatory agencies could have on the Smart Grid if they were to provide financial incentives for utilities to transition to smart metering technology. Perhaps regulatory agencies could change the funding structure and allow accelerated depreciation on existing meters. That just might be the nudge that utilities need to come on board.
Demand response and advanced metering shows growth. According to a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report, demand response and advanced metering programs have grown significantly over the past year. The report indicates an increase in the number of demand response programs, the number of states introducing opportunities for demand response, and the important role that demand response is playing in organized wholesale power markets. In 2006 demand response lowered the consumption of electricity by 1.4 to 4.1 percent during periods of peak demand on the systems, the report estimates. The future for advanced metering implementation also looks bright. The report predicts that more than 40 million new advanced meters are likely to be deployed in the next several years.
QuickTake: The report is expected to be of great value to policy makers, utilities, regulators, and consumers in the electric resource sector, surmises FERC Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff. Here we see a shift in mindset from should we do it?â€"to how do we do it?
Digital signal processing is key to Smart Grid. An intelligent grid will analyze data for control purposes, asset monitoring, power-quality monitoring, and outage intelligence, says Jeffrey Taft, the chief intelligent-grid architect for IBM's Global Business Services, in an interview published by Electronics Design News (EDN). According to Taft, an intelligent power grid adds instrumentation to the grid devices, to the substations, and to the lines themselves. The grid also collects massive amounts of data, which is processed and dealt with in an automated manner. Utilities can benefit from grid technology by more effectively measuring and maintaining power quality and reliability, performing sophisticated grid control, maximizing asset utilization, and swiftly responding to problems.
QuickTake: Taft is credible in his assertion that digital-signal processing is paramount to the intelligent grid. He also offers insights into how advanced signal understanding through analytics transforms signal data into information that can be acted upon both by people and automated systems.
EUCI conference to advance strategic approach to Smart Grid. Scheduled October 15 - 16 at the Hilton Hotel in Del Mar, California, the conference will explore a variety of strategic and tactical issues in implementing a Smart Grid Network. Some of these issues include cases for business strategies and value streams, improving T&D operations, and reducing operating costs associated with metering, communications, and automation. Sponsored by EUCIâ€"a major provider of conferences, seminars, workshops and courses related to the energy industryâ€"the event is expected to bring together utility executives, experts from the GridWise Alliance, and other key stakeholders.
Grid Interop Forum Nov. 7. The GridWise Architecture Council is hosting the first Grid Interop Forum, to be held in Albuquerque, NM, November 7 - November 9, 2007.This forum will feature various grid experts and numerous opportunities to collaborate and help determine the future architecture and design of an integrated, transactive electrical grid system.