Smart Grids and Small Utilities - A Preliminary Analysis on the Contribution of Utility Size to Successful Smart Grid Deployment

Kristina Tajchman

Abstract

Modernizing the electric grid and turning the smart grid vision into reality is a complex and multi-decade undertaking presenting significant challenges for utility companies. This paper highlights the particular challenge smaller utilities face as they consider smart grid initiatives. Six key barriers to smart grid implementation are selected and presented here in a qualitative assessment including 1) the need for individually tailored solutions, 2) a questionable value proposition, 3) the lack of communication and information technology (IT) infrastructure, 4) mixed consumer engagement, 5) an aging workforce, and 6) an awkward progression of regulations and standard development. The objective of this effort is to stress the missed opportunity that may exist to promote the early engagement of smaller utilities in national smart grid deployment efforts

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Tajchman K. (2013). Smart Grids and Small Utilities - A Preliminary Analysis on the Contribution of Utility Size to Successful Smart Grid Deployment . In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS, ISBN 978-989-8565-55-6, pages 71-76. DOI: 10.5220/0004398600710076


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@conference{smartgreens13,
author={Kristina Tajchman},
title={Smart Grids and Small Utilities - A Preliminary Analysis on the Contribution of Utility Size to Successful Smart Grid Deployment},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS,},
year={2013},
pages={71-76},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004398600710076},
isbn={978-989-8565-55-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems - Volume 1: SMARTGREENS,
TI - Smart Grids and Small Utilities - A Preliminary Analysis on the Contribution of Utility Size to Successful Smart Grid Deployment
SN - 978-989-8565-55-6
AU - Tajchman K.
PY - 2013
SP - 71
EP - 76
DO - 10.5220/0004398600710076