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Smart Grid Technologies Boost Electrical Grid Safety and Efficiency

Smart grid technologies consist of a group of modernized electric utility systems that integrate computerized, automated, and remotely controlled capabilities. Using tried and true computer technologies that have seen widespread adoption in other industries, smart grid technologies have the potential to increase energy efficiency throughout the electrical grid, from power plants to end users.

Examples of smart grid technologies include hardware set up to communicate digitally with a central control facility. Sensors combined with automation enable utilities to monitor and adjust devices remotely. This makes it possible for the utility to examine usage, detect broken equipment, control voltages, and carry out many other functions in a more efficient manner. These technologies also promise to harden the grid against cyber-attacks and respond more effectively to the volatile output of energy sources such as wind and solar power to take advantage of their capabilities and mitigate their disadvantages.

About the Author

Daniel Sheflin

Daniel Sheflin has served as vice president of technology automation control solutions at Minnesota technology giant Honeywell for over 12 years. A former manager at General Electric, Daniel Sheflin takes a keen interest in smart grid technologies and served as chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Smart Grid Federal Advisory Committee.

Daniel Sheflin – A Brief Overview of the Smart Grid

Daniel Sheflin serves Honeywell Automation Control Solutions in his capacity as chief technology officer. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of automation control solutions with Honeywell and general manager of engineering with General Electric. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently named Daniel Sheflin to its Smart Grid Advisory Committee.

The smart grid is an envisioned electrical network spanning the United States that delivers energy efficiently and securely by using state-of-the-art technology. The smart grid has been characterized as combining the old-fashion energy infrastructure with the internet. However, NIST provides a more comprehensive definition, and refers to the smart grid as a modernized solution that allows for bidirectional energy flows and two-way control capabilities that enhance services. The current grid allows for a one-way flow.

The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act officially recognized the importance of the smart grid to national development and put the project on the fast track. Even with full government support, such a complex initiative will take years to complete.