Electric Grid, You Have Software Updates Available

Ruiz-PabloScientific American
Pablo Ruiz, College of Engineering

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line. But because of changes to how we consume and generate electricity, managing power flows on the grid is becoming more complex—and will be more so in the future…

Expert quote:

“Under most conditions, regional grid operators cannot dispatch the lowest-cost resource because of transmission congestion. The transmission system often becomes the limiting factor.”

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