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SMART GRID PROJECTS - The Art of make what is possible

NEEDS - what is vital for your business, and is maintained through of time.

WISHES - are malleable and can change through of time.

There is still some confusion on what the Utilities want and need and what IT Companies are offering. These two segments - Utility and IT Companies - have different cultures and language, but are slowly getting along.

How to design a Smart Grid without knowing the current status of all assets of the Distribution System, such as defining characteristics of Smart Meters, Distributed Automation, Communication Infrastructure, IT resources and others? Most current projects Smart Grid were started without any previous knowledge of the actual situation and needs of the Grid.

The information that Utilities has on the distribution network - Substations, Feeders and Transformers - are mostly outdated and scattered in various departments, or simply does not exist. You should be able to have the greatest number of information possible, from your starting point.

These projects have to have what we call, “Quality Easily Visible”.

How to make sure that the Load Profile at the Peak Hours of a Transformer, Feeder and Substation had changes. That is, if there was a shift of consumption in Peak Hours expected after the introduction of Differential Tariffs, DSM or Demand Response if you do not know what happened before.

A radiograph of the current state of the Grid has to be taken and compared with reality after the implementation of these projects. We can do this by sampling, but this sample has to represent all groups of consumers.

A case of successful smart grid requires Utilities to demonstrate to stakeholders that the benefits outweigh the costs and that there is a positive return on investment (ROI) at the end of the rainbow.

A great diversity of actors means that many see the costs, benefits and ROI from different perspectives, which leads to a sleep problem that could become a real brick wall for some Utilities that includes modernizing the smart grid.

To make more precise calculations recommended the use of the ABC costing method (Activity Based Costing), start putting the most relevant information in “A”, and that it has the greatest value to decision makers. This information is typically data that describes the most important assets or strategy of an organization.

Do the same thing distributing other data in “B and C”, according to their ability to interact. This is as if you had raised "Cost Curve" of a product, which in this case is energy, you should focus on where their costs are higher - "A" - And see that interactions you can do to better manage your costs.

Smart Grid Projects transforms the Current Grid to one that works more Cooperative, Flexible, Responsible and Intelligent Organically. Investments in Smart Grid must be verifiable and transparent and utilities need to take responsibility for the costs and the benefits that they promise to deliver.

Setting the Smart Grid is difficult for several reasons, which contributes most to the uncertain definition, is that the smart grid is in permanent construction.

Here the benefits should be the broadest possible, and the cost should be concentrated.

 

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