Smart Grid Impact on Distribution Reliability
One of the promises of the “smart grid” is that it will improve the operation of the aging power delivery infrastructure by providing increased visibility and control of distributed assets. Technologies such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR), integrated volt/var control (IVVC), and others have the potential to impact grid operations by offering near real time sense and respond capabilities to changing conditions. While there is an overload of information about smart gird and its impact on energy efficiency, there is not a lot of discussion about specific impacts on distribution reliability. This project will directly address this question and discuss the inherent benefit/cost tradeoffs in the applications.