The Smart Grid

By Alleyn Harned | January 27, 2010 at 12:21 PM EST |

There was a great morning session on the technologies and policies needed for effective management of electric power and electric fueling. The panel identified vehicle electrification as the prime appliance driving the smart grid. Again, the panel stressed open standards for charging and information management, and advancing intelligent communication with the grid from square one. As technology advances we can move from a binary smart grid to a granular grid that can slow power throughput to powered appliances on an individual level. Regulatory barriers must be identified and addressed.