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How do we actually operate the beast that is the distribution grid when we have billions of interconnections?

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EVs, PVs, Batteries, DSM and more. It could add up to 10 or more smart devices per premise, depending on how far WiFi and IoT expand.

The HUGE issue is interoperability. How does the grid operator or aggregator manage this in a short enough time to keep the grid stable?

One way is with a universal protocol like IEEE 2030.5 - but almost no one has any incentive to use 20305. and the tech giants all want a revenue stream from their internal protocols.

How do we get to the point that we can operate the world's largest machine with billions of control points? How do we get to agreement on standard protocols that are actually implemented?

Every smart energy device that is sold that does not interoperate is another pebble in the stream of future stability.
 

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