“Smart grids” are the next wave of utility electricity delivery systems. Just as smartphones revolutionized personal communication by merging computing technology with cell phones, smart grids bring electrical grids together with computer-based automation, control, and two-way communication technology. These systems transform the efficient distribution and use of electricity by bringing the process of gauging and adjusting power consumption into real-time. As smart grid technology becomes widespread among power networks, utilities and consumers will no longer need to rely on manual meter readings and monthly statements to identify overuse or malfunction. Real-time readings and adjustments technologies have already proven to give rise to vast improvements in energy efficiency, resulting in lower costs for consumers while also reducing strain on the electricity grid.
GTiMA provides representation for the geospatial transportation mapping community by monitoring and participating in the development of smart grid mapping technology in the following fora:
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s Smart Grid Interoperability Framework
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Advisory Committee, Smart Grid Regional Demonstration Initiative, Federal Smart Grid Task Force, and Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) Program
- The Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI)’s ICT/Intelligrid Program
- The Edison Foundation Institute for Electric Innovation