Biggest Opportunities in the Smart Grid

1Executive Summary
  • Grid reliability improvement including outage management, capacity management, and load management.
  • Improved efficiencies in electric utility operations and mobile workforce management.
  • Power generation efficiency improvements including reduction of transmission losses and reduction of spinning reserves.
  • Integration of renewable energy assets including wind power and solar photovoltaics, both at the utility scale and on a distributed generation basis.
  • Enablement of variable electricity pricing structures based on peak and off-peak periods of demand.
  • Support for plug-in electric vehicles.
  • Improvements in customers’ ability to monitor and control energy consumption.
  • Reduction of carbon emissions from electricity generation and transmission.
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