A Smarter, Greener Grid: Forging Environmental Progress through Smart Energy Policies and Technologies, 1st Edition

  • Kevin B. Jones
  • David Zoppo
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  • ISBN-10: 1440830711
  • ISBN-13: 9781440830716
  • DDC: 333.793
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 376 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The United States' electrical grid is an antique. It was built to serve a 20th-century economy and designed in an era when the negative environmental impacts of electricity production were poorly understood. It must be upgraded and modernized. The proposed solution is a "smart grid"-a network of new digital technologies, equipment, and controls that can respond quickly to the public's changing energy needs by facilitating two-way communication between the utility and consumers. This book explains the environmental benefit of a smart grid, examines case studies of existing smart grids, and identifies the legal and regulatory policy hurdles that must be overcome to fully realize the smart grid's benefits. Based on six diverse organizations' experience as "early adopters" in the digital energy revolution, the authors explore how a smart electric grid offers real promise for supercharging energy efficiency, democratizing demand response, electrifying transportation, preparing for ubiquitous distributed clean energy technologies, and automating the distribution system. Against the backdrop of climate change and continuing economic uncertainty, setting a path for environmental improvement and upgrading our electric grid with new digital technologies and associated smart policies is more critical than ever before.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: Introduction: The Digital Energy Revolution.
2: Legal and Regulatory Issues.
3: Supercharging Energy Efficiency.
4: Democratizing Demand Response.
5: Achieving the Environmental Promise of the Electric Car.
6: The Future of Distributed Technologies.
7: Conserving Energy through Distribution Automation.
8: Conclusion: Leading the Digital Energy Revolution Forward.
The Smart Grid Case Studies.
CVPS SmartPower: A Smart Grid Collaboration in Vermont.
Salt River Project: Delivering Leadership on Smarter Technology and Rates.
Smud's Smartsacramento: A Clean Technology Pioneer.
ComEd's Smart Grid Innovation Corridor: Piloting the Regulatory Environment in Illinois.
The Customers' Smart Grid: Pecan Street's Energy Internet Demonstration Project.
San Diego Gas & Electric: The Smart Grid's Leading Edge.
A Model Privacy Policy for Smart Grid Data.
About the Authors.