How is the grid getting smarter?

ABB’s vision for the smart grid

We are seeing technology advancements in four areas that are making the grid smarter: 1) expanded communications channels, information technology, and security that support smart grid systems and applications, 2) new distribution automation enabling the grid to be more efficient and to also self-diagnose and take corrective action, 3) utility analytics to improve management of the grid and its assets, and 4) new equipment and software that better integrates distributed energy resources such as demand response, distributed generation, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging.

Watch this newly released short video where I discuss ABB’s vision for the smart grid, including the benefits of smart grid, how it helps to deliver power with better reliability and efficiency, and how it supports renewable energy and customer engagement.


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Gary Rackliffe

Hello, I lead Smart Grid Development for ABB North America. I have more than 25 years of industry experience in both transmission and distribution (T&D) and have worked with ABB for 19 years across a variety of positions. I hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
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