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|eLetter August I 2011 - SMART GRIDS
||17th August 2011|
Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Latest ICT EventApps World Asia 2011
Thu Sep 01-Fri Sep 02
• Africa and the Middle East
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Smart grids integrate, embed, telecommunications and computing power into the warp and woof of the power grid so that ‘intelligent’ (pardon the expression) control can be exercised on a real time basis to shift energy from low demand sectors to those experiencing peaks. Smart grids will let power companies use dynamic pricing and communications with users - or their computers - asking them to cut back on their usage because the rates will shoot up while the peak lasts and letting them know when bargain rates will be in effect so users can rationalize at least part of their consumption or charge their electric cars cheaply. By doing a good job of balancing usage throughout their grids, power companies will be able to reduce their spending for additional generating and distribution capacity and bolster the bottom line on their profit and loss statements.
Over and above the operational efficiencies and the hoped for profits, many throughout the world are anxiously awaiting the arrival of smart grids as an important weapon in the fight against global warming. In addition to the smart grid’s rationalization of energy usage and the reduced carbon footprint they bring, smart grids are needed to efficiently integrate the use of renewable, greener, energy sources - wind, solar and consumer generated power, among others - into a nation’s power supply.
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