Full Title: Power Generation & Smart Grid
Author(s): Alliance to Save Energy
Publisher(s): Alliance to Save Energy
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
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The U.S. electric system has become increasingly efficient in supplying delivered energy to meet customer requirements and has done so at costs that has declined relative to consumers’ purchasing power. In parallel, the nation’s energy system has become more and more reliant on electricity, and the electric industry and its consumers face large investments and costs to keep pace with changing needs of a more modern, cleaner, and more reliable system.
The future of the U.S. power system—how it is generated and delivered—will depend on how the grid’s design, assets, and operations change in coming years. A twenty-first-century electric grid that can facilitate the doubling of projected U.S. energy productivity by 2030 will require the implementation of a wide variety of technologies and techniques: renewable distributed generation and micro-grids; central station power generation; flexible generation systems; investment in and deployment of transformational grid equipment; power flow control systems and equipment; energy storage devices and integration mechanisms; real- me modeling to analyze and real- me systems to control and adjust complex systems; resources on the customer side of the meter as part of grid management; secure control systems and protections against cyber security intrusions; physical infrastructure protection; and many other systems and technologies.