EnergyIoT Article 2 – Architectural Challenges to the Energy Transformation

  • Apr 25, 2019 3:00 pm GMT

By Stuart McCafferty, David Forfia, and Eamonn McCormick

In today’s electric power ecosystem, adding new capabilities is tedious, time-consuming, and expensive.  A great example of this is the move towards Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS).  It takes years and 10’s of millions of dollars of investment.  And, when it is finally integrated, it is a constant challenge and expense to add new IT and grid assets – just to maintain marginal situational awareness of the system.

Consider this example. . .  When a homeowner purchases a photovoltaic (PV) system, he must first get the system installed by a certified electrician following the local building code process, then register it with the local power company and get in line for an interconnect agreement, which can take anywhere from several days to several weeks or even more.

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