ITI/CREDC seminar - Don't Expect! 50 Years Back, and Forward - Doug Houseman, Burns & McDonnell
From Mike Prosise
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In the 1960s, the distribution grid was mute and autonomous with no communications system, beyond a customer with a telephone. Transmission had some SCADA, but typically the number of points in a substation was counted on two hands with fingers left over. In the past 50 years we have added smart (semi-smart) meters, reclosers, communications, and other sensors in Distribution. We have moved from measuring one phase and assuming the others are the same in transmission. We have gone from 5-10 points in major substations to hundreds, and even thousands. These changes have opened up security issues, data issues, and alarm issues for the utilities and society. Fast forward 50 years and each household may have 50 to 100 SCADA points, dynamic pricing and there may be as many as 200,000,000 generators on the grid. This discussion will highlight some of the issues that drove change, the issues that are driving change, problems we have solved and problems and challenges we will need to solve in the next 50. The crystal ball is not clear, but at least it is only partly cloudy on some of the major issues we need to address with the electrification of everything.