Estimating the Benefits of the GridWise Initiative
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report presents the initial Phase I results of a two-phase project undertaken to characterize and estimate the benefits of applying advanced communications and information technologies, through the GridWiseTradeMark initiative, to bring the aging U.S. electricity grid into the information age. GridWise is a vision, a concept, and a national initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Energy DOE, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL, and participants from the electricity industry. GridWise seeks to link electricity suppliers and end-users with high-speed networks that provide real-time information about system capacities, demand, prices, and status. Its proponents anticipate that the integration of communications and information with the electricity grid will facilitate competitive, efficient markets for power, enable each participant to actively manage its own production and consumption decisions, help the system balance supply and demand under both normal and stressful conditions, and in general provide diagnostic information and tools to better manage both system operations and end-user applications.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution