November 22, 2013
As smart grid is being erected and participants are becoming entrenched in its development, standards are being considered. The credibility of the system depends on the processes and standards for rollout. Organization’s such as, “IEEE Standards Association Bolsters IEEE Smart Grid Research Portfolio with Newly Released Resources” to support this important infrastructural system.
BUSINESS WIRE reports, “IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today introduced two new reports, “IEEE Global Consumer Socialization of Smart Grid” and “IEEE Cyber Security for the Smart Grid”, as well as smart grid communications and controls roadmaps. The four releases are the latest additions to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) IEEE Smart Grid Research portfolio, IEEE’s growing library of Smart Grid Vision and Research resources spanning the power, computing, communications, control systems, and vehicle technology sectors.”
The smart grid is a key term that communicated and is a billion dollar industry to support the construction of an integrated technology, energy, transportation and resource system to support the access to power and infrastructural solutions. As this grid is developed the end user i.e. the consumer is key to this reality. Consumers in the broad term are locked and centric to the system. Consumers as the user, determine if indeed the grid is optimal and functional that lay the groundwork for security.
Bill Ash, strategic technology program director, IEEE-SA said, “The smart grid holds open-ended promise and opportunity, however, it requires an ecosystem where disparate elements work harmoniously to fully realize the benefits and advantages it offers. The consumer is one of the most important agents in smart grid, so it’s imperative we bring them up to speed through education and outreach, and that the industry thoroughly understands the impact they can have on their business and smart grid deployments.”
Typically the consumer or users are the last to be evaluated within a rollout. The users’ education and how they understand themselves within this complex construct is necessary for standardization. The standards without outreach, a term known as grassroots and often puff is a tool that allows for integrative communication and produces a feedback loop to identify requirements, gaps and constraints that could be the definitive opportunity to produce good to great.
The smart gird is made intelligent by its users and developers to create an enabled solution that is formidable, intelligent and responsive for accessibility and affordability. Enabling a smart grid is achieved through assessment and strategies that consider the probabalistics cost of the users.