IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - May/June 2014 - 52

A Road Map
to Integration
Smart grid-related blogS, newSletterS,
and conferences have endured numerous debates and
discussions around the issue of whether or not the smart
grid is being integrated correctly. while most debates
focus on approach, methodology, and the sequence of
what needs to be done, there is insufficient discussion
about what is actually meant by "smart grid integration." this article attempts to present a holistic view of
smart grid integration and argues for the importance
of developing system integration "maps" based on a
utility's strategic smart grid road map.
Faced with diverse technological, organizational, and
business issues that adversely affect the bottom line, utility companies are contemplating immediate changes and/
or upgrades of their technologies, business processes, and
organization. at the same time, however, the realities of
insufficient resources, regulatory impediments, and technological hurdles have prevented the development of concrete plans and concerted actions in this regard.
a closer look at mainstream discussions within the
utility industry reveals that, despite consensus about
the need for change, there is no agreement across the
board in any given utility about a smart grid road map
and integration map. the absence of industrywide
standards and blueprints for smart grid integration has
further compounded the issue. the silo mentality of
the constituent parts of the utility organization drives
the generation folks to push for expanding generation
capacity through the integration of renewables, the
transmission people to urge expansion of transmission capacity through automation, and the distribution community to argue for integration of new assets,
technologies, and intelligence on the downstream side
of the network.

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