Lee Layton, P.E.
The Smart Grid course is divided into seven sections. The first section deals with the concept of a self-healing grid. In the second section we look at how the future grid will motivate consumers to be an active grid participant and will include them in grid operations. Next, we look at how to make the grid more resistant to attack
The fourth section looks at how the future grid will provide the level of power quality desired by 21st century users. In the fifth section, we look at how the future grid will accommodate all generation and storage options.
Next we investigate how the future grid will enable markets. Finally, we review how the modern grid will optimize its assets and operate more efficiently.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
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This course is intended for electrical engineers and others who want to understand how the future smart grid may benefit the United States economy.
Benefit to Attendees
This course will help the reader stay abreast of the future of the electric utility industry and the industry moves to a new robust, interactive, energy delivery system.
Throughout the 20th century, the U.S. electric power industry has served our nation well, providing adequate, affordable energy to homes, businesses and factories. This state-of-the-art system has brought a level of prosperity to the United States unmatched by any other nation in the world. But a 21st-century U.S. economy cannot be built on a 20th-century electric grid.
Many agree there is a need for major improvements in the nation’s power delivery system and that advances in key technology areas can make these improvements possible. The Modern Grid, as defined by the DOE, sets the foundation for a transition that will focus on meeting the six key goals: The grid must be more reliable, the grid must be more secure, the grid must be more economic, the grid must be more efficient, the grid must be more environmentally friendly, and the grid must be safer.
It is believed that achieving these goals will result in a “Smart Grid” that will exhibit the following seven characteristics;
These seven characteristics describe a grid that is generally more resilient and distributed, more intelligent, more controllable and better protected than today’s grid.
Advancements in large, centralized generating stations and higher capacity, more controllable transmission lines will continue to be needed and will complement the benefits of shifting to a more distributed grid model. This vision will enable the future grid to benefit from better utilization of the transmission and distribution systems and active involvement by end users to meet the 21st century needs of consumers and society. Significant opportunities exist to apply modern communications, computing technologies and advancements in materials to achieve this future grid vision.
This course content is in the following PDF document:
We have just reviewed the seven broadly defined characteristics of a new, modern, smart, grid for the electric utility industry. Using these characteristics as a guideline – and moving to the future vision for each characteristic – should enable the present electric grid to transition to the modern grid. Once attained, the modern grid will be more reliable, more secure, more economic, more environmentally friendly, and safer. This transaction will take time – and money – to accomplish, but it holds promise of continuing to be the backbone of the economic system in the United States.