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April 22, 2009

Mtg: Problems Of The Existing Electrical Grid and the Features of a Modern Grid Architecture

by @ 4:36 pm. Filed under ALL, Communications, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY May 20, 2009
OEB Power & Energy Chapter
Speaker: Jerry Ramie, ARC Technical Resources, Inc.
Time: Social at 6:00 PM; Presentation at 6:30 PM
Cost: $5
Place: Siemens Energy and Automation Inc, Ste. 300, 25821 Industrial Blvd., Hayward
RSVP: by email to

The existing power grid is aging, overloaded, unstable and incapable of meeting the power quality needs of an Information Economy.? This fast-moving overview of the modern grid, and renewable energy’s place in it, details the problems of the existing grid and the features of a modern grid architecture that can address these shortcomings.? The various “roadmaps” proposed to achieve this vision are presented.
The Federal Government’s recently proposed economic stimulus package contains about $60 billion for smart grid and green power investments in the next two years.? With this much consensus for moving forward, the various choices in media to support the Advanced Metering Initiative are discussed, along with their relative strengths and weaknesses.
Two major threats to the energy infrastructure are openly presented, physical and cyber security.? The third major threat that is just emerging is the “reliability” threat of improper EMC methods and testing in substations and generation plant.? This threat and its remedies will also be explored. Remaining challenges will be identified and conclusions drawn.

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