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Alcatel-Lucent Smart Grid Turning Promise Into Reality April2011

Alcatel-Lucent Smart Grid Turning Promise Into Reality April2011

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SMARTGRID:
THE WORLD’SLEADING UTILITIESTURN PROMISEINTO REALITY
RENEWABLES:TURNINGCHALLENGEINTO BENEFIT
NEW COMMUNICATIONSTECHNOLOGY ENHANCINGRELIABILITY AND QUALITY
EPB EMPOWERSCONSUMERSWITH FIBEROPTICS
OG&E INNOVATES TO IMPROVEOPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
 
ENABLINGTRANSFORMATION
Intelligence. Operational eciency and fexibility. Unprece-dented control. These are the promises that over the past ewyears have created so much visibility and anticipation aroundthe super-ecient generation and transmission initiativeknown as the smart grid. These benets are real, to be sure,but the smart grid is more than just this alluring set o prom-ises. It's an imperative or all energy stakeholders, and mostparticularly, the global power industry.Just consider the United Nations’ projection o the global pop-ulation hitting eight billion by 2030. World energy demand isexpected to increase 40 percent during that period, especiallyin developing countries led by China and India, with electricityneeds alone tracking at an astounding 70 percent growth rate,according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Challenge and expectation
“Power providers ace many challenges today as they strive tomeet increasing demand while deerring additional ossil uelgeneration projects,” says Kamal Ballout, Global Vice Presidentor Alcatel-Lucent Energy Solutions Integration Division.“These include making power delivery more ecient, upgrad-ing aging inrastructure, meeting higher security expectations,dealing with stricter regulations, and eciently integratingand managing renewable energy resources.”At the same time, notes Ballout, consumers have higherexpectations in terms o their desire or control and under-standing o their energy usage, more reliability, power orelectric vehicles, a way to deliver greener energy, and otherconcerns. “This is the ocus point or Alcatel-Lucent,” he states.“As a company we see the best way or suppliers to ndbalance with consumer expectations and other imperatives isto push innovation deeper into the distribution networks.”Alcatel Lucent develops and deploys solutions specicallydesigned to enable the smart grid, supporting scores o powersuppliers globally. In addition, the company’s research arm,Bell Labs, oers tailored programs that ully analyze a utility’snetwork in terms o security, reliability, scalability, and adapt-ability, providing a roadmap or investment in the two- tove-year time rame.“We’re utilizing Bell Labs to analyze the impact o the newapplications, new appliances, electric vehicles and consumerbehavior on the grid to understand the pressure they aregoing to exert,” says Ballout. “We’re then using our communi-cations technology and data to mitigate these circumstancesand create an environment where consumers and suppliersare getting what they’re expecting.”
Keeping promises
With those issues addressed, and utilizing a 99.999 percentreliable IP/MPLS inrastructure and intelligent sensorsthroughout the distribution layer and at consumer endpoints,the smart grid is poised to yield those promises o morereliability, ewer outages, aster response times to issues,reduced cost and increased eciency. It also will create asaer environment or growth thanks to the integration orenewable energy, reducing carbon emissions on a macro andmicro level.“The smart grid is going to transorm the way we live andwork,” Ballout states. “The world’s leading utilities and suppli-ers recognize this and are dedicating the investment, exper-tise, innovation, and resources necessary to make sure thatthey are part o the transormation.”
KAMAL BALLOUT,GLOBAL VICEPRESIDENT,ALCATEL-LUCENTENERGY SOLUTIONSINTEGRATIONDIVISION
“The best way or suppliers to nd balancewith consumer expectations and otherimperatives is to push innovation deeperinto the distribution networks.”— Kamal Ballout, Alcatel-Lucent
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