"Smart Grid" generally refers to a developing network of transmission lines, equipment, controls and class of technologies working together to respond immediately to our 21st Century demand for electricity, using computer-based remote control and automation.
These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has been used for decades in other industries.
Today, it consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines. They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses.
With Smart Grid, Today an electricity disruption such as a blackout can have a domino effect – a series of failures that can affect banking, communications, traffic, and security. This is a particular threat in the winter, when homeowners can be left without heat. A smarter grid will add resiliency to our electric power system and make it better prepared to address emergencies such as severe storms, earthquakes, large solar flares, and terrorist attacks. Because of its two-way interactive capacity, the Smart Grid will allow for automatic rerouting when equipment fails or outages occur. This will minimize outages and minimize the effects when they do happen. When a power outage occurs, Smart Grid will detect and isolate the outages, containing them before they become large-scale blackouts.
The new technologies will also help ensure that electricity recovery resumes quickly and strategically after emergency – routing electricity to emergency services first, for example. In addition, the Smart Grid will take greater advantage of customer-owned power generators to produce power when it is not available from utilities. By combining these "distributed generation" resources, a community could keep its health center, police department, traffic lights, phone system, and grocery store operating during emergencies.
In addition, the Smart Grid is a way to address an aging energy infrastructure that needs to be upgraded or replaced. It's a way to address energy efficiency, to bring increased awareness to consumers about the connection between electricity use and the environment. And it's a way to bring increased national security to our energy system-drawing on greater amounts of home-grown electricity that is more resistant to natural disasters and attack.
Redleaf in Smart Grid:
REDLEAF has forayed into smart grid solutions space to address the energy infrastructure needs and to create an integrated, sustainable solution capable of handling power challenges. REDLEAF's smart grid solutions improve performance, builds intelligence and infuses controls that results in managing better ways of energy usage while controlling costs.
REDLEAF aims to be a full service integrator with real world experience to manage all aspects of planning, implementation and adoption With our powerful process-driven workforce management system, intelligent GIS integration, and highly customized customer engagement programs, we provide total success of your utility's multifaceted Smart Grid initiative. REDLEAF smart grid team has rich expertise across the electrical grid, gained through real-world project experience. We apply a methodical approach in building our solutions starting from understanding your energy needs and upto integrating and delivering the business systems.
We ensure that all Smart Grid components are fully functional, and maintain backend systems and field assets. We can incorporate your GIS data, engineering design workflow and perform engineering data purification. REDLEAF delivers a turnkey suite of Smart Grid solutions to utilities, cooperatives and municipalities.