The strain of India’s power grid is only the latest example of the overall need for improving the power grid’s reliability. Similar to the 2003 blackout in the U.S. or the 1999 southern Brazil blackout; when there are dramatic changes in supply and demand, the critical need for management of the grid is well illustrated.
Two of the most important attributes for a reliable grid are:
- Near real-time visibility into key operational parameters from various points in the distribution, transmission, and generation parts of the network – so the operator can be aware of trends and problems that may be developing before they become a full blown crisis.
- The ability to take down demand in an orderly fashion (demand response) in near real-time.
In our view, distributing and pushing intelligence and decision making to the edge of the grid is required to transform the grid into a multi-application control network that is more reliable, scalable, and responsive to local conditions.