Taiwan Power: Quietly Getting the Smart Grid Right?

Imagine a utility that is vertically integrated and operates the entire grid through which it provides service. It has various components of substation automation in place, as well as a fault isolation and restoration (FLISR) system. It faces the same challenges that many other utilities face as it develops its strategic plans for the next five to ten years: increasing a substantial interconnection of renewable generation; strong pressure on the part of its regulator to minimize and defer new capital investment in generation and transmission; and a need to plan and implement its own version of an intelligent grid operation and management system, including smart meters.

Unlike other utilities, though, it is just beginning its smart grid planning now and has the opportunity of designing its smart grid program components and communications network from high voltage systems down to individual customers and can do so with the benefit of lessons learned around the world. The utility is Taiwan Power Corporation (TPC) — and its story offers an interesting and instructive case study of how smart grid can be successfully implemented.

A little background: the TPC system operates the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Taiwan… Read more

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