Next-Generation Ultra-Flexible Grid Management

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Power grids around the world were originally designed for one-way power flow from large centralized power plants – controlled on demand – to passive electricity consumers at the end of the wire. The introduction of significant amounts of centralized intermittent wind and solar and distributed solar power onto power grids is rapidly changing this paradigm, introducing growing electricity supply variability and two-way power flows. This is creating a need for smarter, more responsive, and more flexible approaches to managing and controlling the grid. Through the development and application of advanced information and communications technologies, new sensors and controls, and new system optimization approaches, a new generation of ultra-flexible grid management solutions will enable growing amounts of renewables, distributed energy, and growing numbers of empowered consumers to be interconnected cost effectively through seamless real-time management of the millions of devices connected to the grid.