The power system has often been cited as the greatest and most complex machine ever built, yet it is predominantly a mechanical system. Technologies and intelligent systems are now available that can significantly enhance the overall functionality of power distribution and make it ready to meet the needs of the 21st century. This book explains how sensors, communications technologies, computational ability, control, and feedback mechanisms can be effectively combined to create this new, continually adjusting "smart grid" system. It provides an understanding of both IntelliGridSM architecture and EnergyPortSM as well as how to integrate intelligent systems to achieve the goals of reliability, cost containment, energy efficiency in power production and delivery, and end-use energy efficiency.
What Is the Smart Grid?. Electric Energy Efficiency in Power Production and Delivery. Electric End-Use Energy Efficiency. Using a Smart Grid to Evolve the Perfect Power System. DC Distribution and the Smart Grid. The IntelliGridSM Architecture for the Smart Grid. The Smart Grid- Enabling Demand Response: The Dynamic Energy Systems Concept. The EnergyPortSM as Part of the Smart Grid. Policies and Programs to Encourage End-Use Energy Efficiency. Market Implementation. Efficient Electric End-Use Technology Alternatives. Demand-Side Planning. Demand-Side Evaluation. Appendix. Index.