The large number of grid innovation projects being undertaken by utilities and technology providers across the U.S. makes them difficult to keep up with, and to show the advances being made, the Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation has gathered together more than 70 of the projects in a new publication.

‘Innovations Across the Grid: Partnerships Transforming the Power Sector’ looks at seven key areas of grid development, to “show how putting entrepreneurial thinking, new technology, and engineering know-how to work are optimizing grid resources on both the supply and the demand side of the electric meter”:

  • Grid edge optimization – increasing visibility at the edges of the traditional electricity distribution network to improve service reliability and increase grid efficiency
  • Grid resiliency, reliability, and restoration – making the grid less vulnerable to weather-related outages and reducing the time it takes to restore power after an outage does occur
  • Grid visibility and asset management – deploying distribution automation and advanced metering infrastructure, and linking systems to improve asset management and the operational efficiency of electric distribution systems
  • Grid analytics – using information from smart meters, grid sensing devices, and asset monitoring for end-to-end data analytics to optimize the transmission and distribution systems and improve grid performance
  • Renewable energy, distributed generation, and storage integration – integrating distributed generation resources into the power grid, deploying microgrids, and utilizing electrical energy storage devices effectively in a robust, flexible, and reliable grid
  • Customer engagement – educating and empowering electric utility customers to manage their energy use more strategically and efficiently
  • Demand response and energy management – using technology to simplify and automate customer involvement in peak demand response events, and using demand response to manage renewable energy integration.

“The partnerships and collaborations described will play a key role in meeting the challenges and capturing the opportunities ahead – greater customer engagement, more distributed energy resources, and the need for increasingly clean power sources,” writes Institute for Electric Innovation executive director Lisa Wood, in the foreword. “In fact, these partnerships already have begun to fundamentally change how we deliver, man¬age, and even use electricity.”

Read ‘Innovations Across the Grid’ HERE