and Power Distribution/Consumption
In this talk, I will present on
the potential and role of information technology (IT) for the power
sector. Specifically, I will examine the interaction of IT with power
distribution and consumption -- setting aside issues of IT usage at the
pool (transmission) level. I present a brief overview of the technology,
desired services, and current status, and highlight some issues. Beyond
automatic meter reading (AMR), I consider IT capabilities for control,
operations, and new services. Extending real-time control to the
appliance level might have dramatic impact on power system stability and
costs. According to one estimate, reducing the peak load by a few
percent can reduce the costs of electricity by over 20%.
While many of the new technologies are gaining commercialization,
integrated solutions are not widespread. In this environment, I present
a preliminary analysis of the potential of such technologies for
developing countries. Here, given they often lack what is traditional
equipment in the West (like automatic reclosers, capacitor banks,
Universal metering etc.) there might be an opportunity for leapfrogging.
In addition, I introduce a new idea (preliminary thoughts only!) on the
directionality of information flow for power distribution management.