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What is the Smart Grid?
Sep26

What is the Smart Grid?

Just in the last two decades, we’ve seen our daily communications progress from landlines and pagers to smartphones.  Though the devices we use on a daily basis have been dramatically improving over the years, we’re charging our iPhones with century-old grid technology. The North American electric grid, otherwise known as the “largest machine in the world,” is the intricate network of power stations, transmission lines, transformers, and distribution lines that power our daily lives.  The idea for the North American electric grid was developed about a hundred years ago.  A hundred years ago, the average person’s energy demands were quite modest in comparison with today.  A centralized energy model used to make sense. US energy consumption is expected to increase 41% by 2030. With a drastic increase in demand for energy from a growing population, the North American electric grid is under enormous pressure.  We’re currently experiencing an increase in blackouts and brownouts because of the stress on this dated infrastructure. Though the grid is actually 99.97 % reliable, Americans still pay $150 billion every year because of these disturbances in grid electricity. Long story short- the grid is old and in need of change.  This is why everyone is talking about “Smart Grid.”  With all the hype about Smart Grid, it has many wondering what its defining feature is. Truthfully, the Smart Grid is more of a concept than one specific technology. The goal of Smart Grid is to adapt the existing infrastructure to 21st Century demands by implementing modern communications technology. The easiest way to conceptualize what “Smart Grid” means is to imagine the entire electrical infrastructure connected to the internet.   The Smart Grid is a vision of a more flexible, efficient, and reliable grid that will support renewable energy and engage consumers in new ways.   This won’t be an overnight change, but rather a gradual move towards this ideal. The Smart Grid will be able to collect and respond to data collected throughout the entire electricity grid.   Transmission and distribution sensors will be installed throughout the grid, enabling communication between the devices themselves and with utilities operations.   This will allow the grid to determine the most efficient way to transmit and distribute electricity, saving money and keeping the cost lower. Remote control and automation technologies make the entire system more reliable and efficient.  The Smart Grid will enable us to understand and improve the generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of electricity, creating a more balanced and efficient grid. Utilities will be able to predict, detect, and respond to blackouts/brownouts immediately by without having to wait for a customer to call in and notify the...

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Solar Electricity provides Iraq Security.

I was reading an excellent L.A. Times article, Iraq’s electricity-starved capital turns to solar by Alexandra Zavis which highlights Iraq is embracing solar power to improve their national security. In a nation full of oil, the country is starting to see the benefits of distributed power through the use of solar panels because it providers reliable power without the constant fear of service interruption. The Iraqi national grid does not provide enough energy to supply to local streetlights with power, thus causing a major security hazard. The absence of reliable power has been the Iraqi citizen’s major frustration of the war. The national grid cannot supply the power demand for the Iraqi people. All of Iraq’s oil to power their grid is being imported because of the country’s limted refining ability. The Iraqi government will install 5,000 bulletproof solar power streetlights to help improve the security on city streets. Many Iraqi’s as asking why the US Military and Iraqi Government cannot do more then just simple streetlights, why not fix the national grid through solar power? The US Militaryblames the issue on cost. This is a great example of how distributed electricity such as solar powered streetlights, solar panels on your home or business can provide extra security. In an age of security being crammed down our throats by the US Federal Government, why would the presidential republican front runner favor nuclear power? Nuclear Power is a centralized form of energy distribution, if one plant failed it would cause unreliability for our national grid. California is a great example, we face rolling blackout out here in the summer because everyone is running their A/Cs, thus causing grid failure and communities left without power. Watching the news, seeing people panicking on the streets because the traffic lights and streetlights are out is not a pretty picture. This shows you how vulnerable we are as a nation because of our centralized power structure. If every home, business, traffic light, and street lamp has electricity producing solar panels we would mitigate a large risk on our national security. So to John McCain, a supporter of centralized power I say you know nothing about energy nor national...

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