Guilty or Not Guilty? Do you turn on your kitchen sink faucet, then leave for the day? Do you leave your car idling all night in your garage? Do you leave lights and computers on, and all charging devices plugged in all the time?
Why is electricity held in low esteem? Because it is always there Because it is cheap Because we treat it like a commodity Because we ignore it unless THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!
Today’s Electrical Grid Energy flow in one direction, from generation to consumer (residential or C&I) Generation Transmission Home/Office Distribution
Information flow in one direction from meter to utility – manually read by a meter reader or transmitted information back to the utility
Tomorrow’s Smart Grid Energy flows in many directions, from generation to grid or building, from car to/from building, from utility to customers, from customers to utility Home/Building Generation Transmission Distribution
Information networks established to create secure communications between devices and people
Smart Grid Benefits The Smart Grid will: Reduce CO2 emissions by up to 480 MMT by 2020 Save up to $35B in energy and fuel costs(Smart2020.org report on information and communications technologies) Lower rates? No Lower bills? Yes
Electricity Supply Chain – Now Say Good bye to these three silos and monthly, after-the-fact utility bills