Government mandates have triggered aggressive deadlines that are forcing utility electrical distributors to improve energy efficiency by cutting energy losses. Pressures also exist to integrate alternative energy generation and electric vehicles into their grids. To meet the challenge, utilities are adapting strategies that leverage smart grid tools and technologies.
Although energy efficiency improvements may increase short-term capital costs, long-term advantages will include lower operating costs, reduced energy waste, and a more integrated and flexible network.
Following these best practices in creating a migration plan will help develop a more efficient network:
- Within the next three months, identify areas where waste can occur.
- Within the next year, install sensors and applications that can accurately assess efficiency losses.
- Within the next two years, implement a pilot project to demonstrate feasibility, quantify the gains and estimate deployment costs.
- Within the next 10 years, plan and implement a staged rollout.
To learn more about leveraging smart grid tools and strategies, download the Schneider Electric white paper, “How Utility Electrical Distribution Networks can Save Energy in the Smart Grid Era.”