A study investigating perceptions surrounding deployment of the nation’s smart grid was unveiled March 9 by Penton Research/Transmission & Distribution World and sponsor S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of reliable electrical delivery. The survey uncovered the disposition of managers, engineers and consultants in the electric utility industry on topics such as smart grid challenges, benefits, key technologies, government support and public opinion.
A summary of key findings from survey respondents follows.
“A key insight from this survey is the industry’s call to focus smart grid investments on the reliable and efficient delivery of electricity, two of the major benefits to be gained from an intelligent grid,” said John Estey, president and CEO, S&C. “S&C understands these industry needs. We have a proven track record of developing and deploying technology that makes the complex distribution grid more reliable and allows it to self-heal in the event of a power disturbance, both critical requirements of the smart grid.”
“AMI plays a significant role in the smart grid, but as shown in the survey, a fully functional smart grid is about more than smart meters,” said Witold Bik, vice president for the Automation Systems Division, S&C. “There is a clear need to deploy system-wide intelligent automation that will ensure reliable flow of electric power, facilitate self-healing, and enable integration of renewables into the grid. These technologies must receive greater focus and funding to achieve a smart grid.”
“On the whole, these findings indicate a need for better communication, understanding and alignment among energy professionals, government officials and the general public on the benefits of and requirements for achieving a smart grid,” said Kristin Letourneau, associate director, Penton Research. “This survey provides a great foundation for a richer dialogue on the issues that matter most to the people truly responsible for implementing the smart grid.”
To view the full study, visit www.sandc.com/smartgridsurvey.