We all know that an electric grid is a network of transmission lines, transformers, and other equipment that are responsible for transmitting electricity from the power plants to the customers. But what makes an ordinary electric grid, a SMART GRID?
A SMART GRID is a digitally advanced mechanism that supports two-way communication between the utility and their end-users. It utilizes automation and high-end technology that works in harmony and provides an effective service that suits our quickly evolving energy demands.
Why Do We Need A Smart Grid?
Simply put, Smart Grids add resiliency to the electric system and make it capable to counter natural disasters, such as earthquakes, cyclonic storms, solar flares, etc., as well as crisis like terrorist attacks. The two-way interactive ability of a Smart Grid makes it possible to automatically reroute power in case of equipment failure or power outage.
Features of A Smart Grid:
In case of a power outage, a Smart Grid will detect and isolate the incident. Thus, it will successfully contain the outage and prevent the domino effect of a large-scale power failure.
- Automated Outage Management & Faster Restoration
The advanced technologies of such Smart Grids will quickly and strategically resume recovery, prioritizing emergency services.
- Dynamic Pricing Mechanism
Real-time dynamic pricing mechanism will enable customers to use less electricity when it is most expensive.
Smart mechanism can incentivize end users to tweak their electricity usage during different times of the day with the help of pricing signals.
Smart Grids will also inform and educate consumers about their energy usage. They can manage their energy consumption and make informed decisions about purchasing electricity.
With the in-house displays of Smart Grids, users will get complete visibility of their power usage without depending on their monthly billing statements.
- Web Portals & Mobile Apps
Just like every other utility consumption, electricity services too will be easy to manage through secure web portals and mobile applications.
It is safe to concur that with the advent of Smart Meters, our nation will get a robust infrastructure that will integrate large-scale renewable energy generation, with real-time power system monitoring, improved consumer awareness, as well as manage numerous issues of electricity distribution. And Environ Energy is all set to herald this new age of energy management by becoming a leading Smart Grid technology company in India.