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Protocols that are Driving Smart Grid Interoperablility

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Protocols that are Driving Smart Grid Interoperablility

By Tony Paine

Efforts are underway to create a smarter grid by adding intelligence to the electrical infrastructure that connects generation, distribution, transmission, and consumption. According to calculations by the Department of Energy, the current electrical grid consists of roughly 10,000 generating units with a generation capacity in excess of 1,000,000 megawatts of energy and over 300,000 miles of transmission lines. It is arguably the best creation of the past century, and has kept consumer costs relatively low over the years. With a growing environmentally-conscious population and an increasing demand for energy, however, this incredible infrastructure needs to be revamped in preparation of future requirements.

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