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A Networking Approach to the Smart Grid

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Title A Networking Approach to the Smart Grid
Title of Series D-ITET Mini-Symposium on Computer Networks - Part III
Author Keshav, Srinivasan
Contributors Rosenberg, Catherine
License CC Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 2.5 Switzerland:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal and non-commercial purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.5446/36562
Publisher Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich
Release Date 2012
Language English

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Abstract Several powerful forces are gathering to make fundamental and irrevocable changes to the century-old grid. This next-generation grid, often called the `smart grid,' will incorporate novel elements such as storage, electric vehicles, and distributed generation, with these elements interconnected by a pervasive communication infrastructure. The smart grid promises to improve the reliability and efficiency of the grid and simultaneously reduce its carbon footprint, making it `greener.' However, many essential aspects of the smart grid exist only on paper-- the introduction of the smart grid raises nearly as many problems as it solves. Our research hypothesis is that the concepts and techniques pioneered by the Internet, the fruit of four decades of research in this area, are directly applicable to the solution of some of these problems. This is because both the Internet and the electrical grid are designed to meet fundamental needs, for information and for energy, respectively, by connecting geographically dispersed suppliers with geographically dispersed consumers. I will discuss this hypothesis in some detail, then present selected projects from the research agenda of the ISS4E (Information Systems and Science for Energy) lab at the University of Waterloo that further explore its consequences. (joint work with Catherine Rosenberg, University of Waterloo)

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