Advanced systems turn ‘event-driven’ binary schemes into hybrid hierarchical controls.
Jeff Meyers is a smart grid executive with information systems company Telvent.
While the “smart grid” conjures up numerous definitions, there can be little doubt that it signals both a shift of focus to distribution networks, and a revolution in the way they operate.
Over the years, distribution engineers have carefully designed and managed the grid, responding to problems as they develop. By and large, the industry has managed the distribution network in a reactive manner and without significant real-time visibility. As new energy consumers and supply resources appear on the distribution grid, gaining more visibility and control is a necessity for any grid owner.