The electric power industry is going through a digital transformation just like every other industry. In particular, the digital transformation is enabling new approaches to customer participation, efficiency of operation (enabling the workforce), reliability and resiliency, and asset management. This discussion will focus in particular on the tremendous opportunities to enable customer and community participation in the operation of the grid and the resulting benefits for both the customer and the grid. The discussion will also look at some of the challenges in making this vision a reality – communication infrastructure required, consumer education, coordination with regulators, data privacy, etc. Finally, we will look at the research priorities to solve some of these challenges.
Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of Integrated Grid research in the Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving Energy Utilization, Distribution and Integration of Distributed Resources.
He has authored more than 70 technical papers and articles on topics ranging from power quality to insulation coordination of extra high-voltage (EHV) systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and in 2014 received the Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award for his expertise and dedication to power engineering standards development.
He co-authored, Electrical Power Systems Quality, the premier textbook on power quality and compatibility since its release, 1996. He is a member of the executive committee on the CIGRE U.S. National Committee, vice chairman of the CIRED U.S. National Committee.
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