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Building a smarter smart grid through better renewable energy information

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3 Author(s)
Cameron W. Potter ; 3TIER¿ Pacific Rim, Hobart, Australia ; Allison Archambault ; Kenneth Westrick

ldquoSmart gridrdquo is a relatively new term that refers to the application of information technology to power systems. Due to the complexity of such systems; the possibilities have yet to be clearly defined. Drawing a clear distinction between one grid configuration being ldquosmartrdquo and another failing the criterion is not realistic. Instead, it is much more practical to consider the ldquosmart gridrdquo as a term defining opportunities to improve the operation of the power system. One of the key features of a smart grid is the ability to utilize information to make better operational decisions. This paper proposes that significant improvements can be made to the operations of a smart grid by providing information about the likely behavior of renewable energy - through both online short-term forecasting and longerterm assessments.

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Power Systems Conference and Exposition, 2009. PSCE '09. IEEE/PES

Date of Conference:

15-18 March 2009