How do smart grids differ from the current electricity infrastructure in the United States? Current electricity grids do not provide any information about how consumers actually use energy. That make it difficult to develop more efficient approaches to distribution. The current system offers few ways to handle power provided by alternative energy sources. Without useful information, energy companies and consumers have difficulty making good decisions about using energy wisely.
The advantages of smart grids: A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to Save energy Reduce costs and pollution Increase reliability and transparency The smart grid enables information to flow back and forth between electric power providers and individual households to allow both consumers and energy companies to Allow both consumers and energy companies to make more intelligent decisions regarding energy consumption and production. Provides information that would help utilities raise prices when demand is high and lower them when demand lessens.
Help consumer program high-use electrical appliances like heating and air conditioning systems to reduce consumption during peak hours. Could possibly lead to a five to fifteen percent decrease in energy consumption. Another advantage of smart grids is their ability to detect sources of power outages more quickly and precisely at the individual household level. What management, organization, and technology issues should be considered when developing a smart grid?
Management: In-home displays would allow consumers to see how much energy they are consuming at any moment and how much it is costing them. That would allow them to make better decisions about using appliances like air conditioners and curb their consumption to cut costs. Government and energy companies need to help consumers overcome the intrusive feelings associated with technology. A digital dashboard must be easy for consumers to understand and use.
Organization: have budgets and profits that can impact a consumer when it comes to reducing their energy consumption. Along with assistance from the federal government implementation costs can be extremely high. Consumer backlash is already evident in the few experimental cases to date. Without proper structure implementation an adverse reaction can grow against energy companies. Technology:
Network and switches for power management; sensor and monitoring devices to track energy usage and distribution trends; systems to provide energy suppliers and consumers with usage data, communications systems linked to programmable appliances to run them when energy is least costly, are all expensive and time-consuming to retrofit into all the homes across the nation. Basically, the entire energy infrastructure would require retrofitting. What challenge to the development of smart grids do you think is most likely to hamper their development?
There are a number of challenges facing the efforts to implement smart grids: Changing the infrastructure of the entire electric grid across the nation is a daunting task. Installing two-way meters that allow information to flow both to and from homes and businesses. Creating an intuitive end-user interface like dashboards that are user-friendly. The smart grid won’t be cheap, with estimated costs running as high as $75 billion. Potential intrusiveness of new technology.
Promised payback consumers and utility companies can actually get. Perceived and real loss of privacy. Potential economic impact on energy companies. What other areas of our infrastructure could benefit from “smart” technologies? Describe one example not listed in the case.
One example that could benefit from smart similar to the proposed electric grids is monitoring water usage in homes and businesses. Smart technologies could allow water utilities and consumers to Monitor water flows much like electric usage Turn off lawn sprinklers during the heat of the day or based on predetermined schedules Use monitors in laws and around plants and shrubs to prevent over-or-under watering Monitor evaporation rates
Monitor pools fountains, and other water features for usage Would you like your home and your community to be part of a smart grid? Why or why not? Explain From the view of advantages, absolutely I’d like my home and community to be part of a smart grid. For the simple reason is energy and cost saving. We can monitor our usage of electricity and mak ebetter decision.
However, the software may be a pain for consumers to use this technology. So government and energy companies need to help consumers overcome the intrusive feelings associated with technology. A digital dashboard must be easy for consumers to understand and use. In addition to this, considering to the living level and economic standard of our hometown. Isuppose that people here will be willing to absorb some of the costs associated with retrofitting homes, buildings, and appliances.
But as a consumer myself, I do not want to share my local and individual information as a part of my privacy with the energy companies. This problem need to be solved before implement smart grid. In conclusion, I’d like my home and community to be part of a smart grid.