• Smart Grid

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    Source: Wayne State University, Smart Grid, Electrical Engineering Portal

    A "smart grid" is an intelligent network of electrical power micro grids that are able to monitor, diagnose, and rebalance themselves in order to stay efficient and avoid or minimize blackouts. Micro grids are a cluster of local generation sources and their power loads. Smart grids differ from our current grid because they allow two-way power transmission and communication where the current grid is limited to one direction. This two-way transmission and communication allows for additional grid functions, controls, reliability, and efficiency. Smart grids are designed to accommodate all sources of power generation and storage, reduce power use and cost, provide high quality power and reliability, self-heal, enable customer participation through controls and programming, and provide power for energy end users.

    The positive impacts resulting from smart grids includes:

    • Clean and secure power supply
    • Cost savings
    • Creation of local green jobs
    • Increased efficiency
    • More reliable networks

    Here is an overview of the Smart Grid from the IEEE Energy 2030 Conference. 

    Browse the smart grid section of our Resource Library for additional materials.