Chapter 1

What is the Smart Grid?

Information in this chapter:

• Energy demands

• Grid resilience

• Environmental performance

• Operational efficiencies

• Common components of the Smart Grid

• Pitfalls of the Smart Grid

Understanding how the Smart Grid works first requires an understanding of how industrial networks operate, which in turn requires a basic understanding of the underlying communications protocols that are used, where they are used, and why. There are many systems that comprise the larger system of the “Smart Grid,” which utilize both common and open protocols as well as many highly specialized protocols used for industrial automation and control, most of which are designed for efficiency and reliability to support the economic ...

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