Back to the Basics: A Simple Analogy to Visualize the Evolution of the Modern Grid
image credit: Dean Chuang, 2020
- May 4, 2020 12:54 pm GMTMay 3, 2020 5:24 pm GMT
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The modern electricity grid is a complex system of systems, operating in a highly politicized monopolistic environment, that is bounded by the technical potential and economic realities of ‘steel-in-the-ground,’ and balanced through a combination of regulated market operations and unilateral dispatch towards planning constraints.
Sound complicated?!? Like many in the Utility world, I’ve struggled at times to explain “what I do” to industry outsiders, or even to colleagues working in a different utility arena. A simple analogy, that explains without trivializing, can help establish a common framework to discuss the challenges (and opportunities!) currently facing an industry in transition.