Managing U.S. Grid Stability and Transmission Congestion
For more than a century, the U.S. power grid has provided power to billions of homes and businesses. While the grid has experienced few major changes and remained effective over the years, new technologies, an aging infrastructure, the rise of renewables and increased consumer demand call for upgrades that will sustain market growth and innovation for the next 100 years.
The power industry’s answer to these market changes and future challenges is a slow transition to a smart grid that will allow for more efficient operations with better features and functionality, resulting in a more responsive electrical system that can make adjustments in real time and prevent potential outages while accommodating the growing impact of renewable energy. However, performing a grid overhaul requires time and capital investment, especially when considering future plant inputs and power demands. The smart grid must be efficient, adaptable and expandable while also addressing current and future security threats. Additionally, supply and stability must be managed while changes are being made.
Obviously, with the power grid overhaul comes both challenges and opportunities. Allegro’s Michael W. Hinton addresses some of these challenges and opportunities in a recent Utility Products Magazine article. Click here to read his thoughts on managing U.S. grid stability and transmission congestion.