Smart Grid Standardization Work

In Memoriam: Erich Gunther (1958–2016)

Authored by: Aaron F. Snyder , Frances Cleveland , Eric Lambert , Erich Gunther

Smart Grids

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498799553
eBook ISBN: 9781351228480
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A simplifying factor in addressing the smart grid standards and technology problem is to find a manner to decompose the interconnected power system and its underlying standards and technologies into coherent parts that allow targeted research to be applied, while exposing the barriers that have precluded solution development. To accomplish this, four fundamental questions related to standards and technology are often asked by the various stakeholders:

What new and emerging technologies are on the horizon that impact the smart grid of the future?

How do asset owners avoid incompatible systems being fielded that result in costly replacements ahead of projections (i.e., stranded assets)?

What drivers exist to help foster open access, competition, and commercial growth of new and exciting technologies that offer energy consumers new ways to meet their energy needs while at the same time saving them money?

Where can government help and where should government let the private sector initiate efforts (i.e., “public” vs “private”)?

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