On January 13, 2011, FERC issued the agenda for the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Technical Conference scheduled for January 31, 2011. The conference will begin at 1:00 pm (EST) and is scheduled to conclude at 5:00 pm. Panelists include: Ed Beroset of Elster Solutions, LLC, John Lucas of Southern Company and Ron Ambrosio of IBM, among others.

New tools and models are required for the smart grid to reach its potenial while maintaining bulk power system reliability, says a North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) report released on December 2, 2010.

The report is a high-level, preliminary assessment of potential reliability considerations. “This preliminary assessment reviews how the evolving integration of the smart

What is the Smart Grid?

In its simplest terms, the phrase “smart grid” refers to digitizing and upgrading the electric infrastructure to allow for multi-way communication.  Currently the electric delivery system provides one-way communication.  As the grid evolves and is upgraded, many parties will have access to energy date and will be able to communicate