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April 13, 2013

Mtg: The Real Reasons We Must Have a Smart Grid for the 21st Century

by @ 8:12 am. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power

WEDNESDAY May 22, 2013
SF Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Merwin Brown, PhD, Co-Director, Electric Grid Research, California Institute for Energy and Environment, University of California
Time: Networking and dinner at 6:00 PM; Presentation following
Cost: IEEE members $25; Non-members $35; Students $15 ($5 more after May 8)
Place: Sinbad’s Pier 2 Restaurant, Embarcadero, San Francisco
RSVP: by May 15 to Charles Mee, Phone: 415-703-1147

Attempts to sell the smart grid to electricity consumers and taxpayers have understandably leaned toward promoting the â??carrotâ? of customer-side applications and their benefits, the â??stickâ? being a mandate.  Unfortunately, these promised benefits, while valuable, are not the whole story, and will likely not be fully realized for many years.  If the â??carrotâ? cannot be affordably delivered soon, the appearance of overstated promises, especially given the recent hype and media attention, might ignite a consumer/taxpayer backlash that could derail smart grid progress.  And the stakes are high.  The smart grid is more than a smart meter, and is a must for keeping the lights on and electricity prices in check for the early 21st century.  The reasons have their roots in trends that started in the electricity industry in the 1960s, and their impacts are now reaching critical significance.  Today the 21st century electric grid owner, planner, and operator face a growing uncertainty, complexity, inadequacy, conflict, and the need for flexibility, robustness, real-time situation awareness, forecasting in uncertainty and rapid response.  The smart grid is a necessary, if not sufficient, investment.  Dr. Brown thinks the public needs to be told about this necessity and helped to understand the real reasons sooner rather than later.

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