Roadmap to Tomorrow’s Grid 3.0

Thursday, December 4, 2014 @ 04:12 PM gHale

Six government and industry organizations launched a planning process with the goal of helping shape the grid’s future.

The purpose of the planning effort is to consider strategic issues that will be important as the electricity sector transitions from the legacy grid of the 20th century (“Grid 1.0”) to today’s emerging smart grid (“Grid 2.0”) to tomorrow’s “Grid 3.0.”

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Infrastructure installed today will be in place for quite a few years and must support not only present-day smart grid goals, but also future grid needs. In Grid 3.0, for example, the foundational elements of the smart grid may end up leveraged and re-envisioned to fundamentally change how the grid operates and how consumers interact with the grid.

As the first step in this planning process, 30 thought leaders and experts from across the energy sector gathered in Gaithersburg, MD for an “Electric Sector Issues Roundtable: Grid 3.0 and Beyond” discussion November 13.

The day-long event, hosted and webcast by NIST, featured a wide-ranging exploration of key interoperability-related issues expected to influence the direction of the electricity sector over the next 10 to 20 years. The next step in this technology roadmapping process will be an open workshop scheduled for March 26-27, 2015, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg.

The workshop will address key topics emerging from the November 13, 2014 roundtable discussion, such as:
• Resilience
• Reliability (including efficiency and sustainability)
• Emerging and evolving markets
• New actors in the grid ecosystem
• Pace of technology innovation

The six organizations undertaking this Grid 3.0 planning project include the Department of Energy (DoE), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), NIST, and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP).

For more information about the Grid 3.0 roadmapping project, click on the Grid 3.0 website and watch the recording of the November 13 webcast.

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