Distribution Systems, Substations, and Integration of Distributed Generation
This entry describes the major components of the electricity distribution system – the distribution network, substations, and associated electrical equipment and controls – and how incorporating automated distribution management systems, devices, and controls into the system can create a “smart grid” capable of handling the integration of large amounts of distributed (decentralized) generation of sustainable, renewable energy sources.
KeywordsDistribute Generation Smart Grid Circuit Breaker Supply Line International Electrotechnical Commission
- Demand response
Allows the management of customer consumption of electricity in response to supply conditions.
- Distributed generation
Electric energy that is distributed to the grid from many decentralized locations, such as from wind farms and solar panel installations.
- Distribution grid
The part of the grid dedicated to delivering electric energy directly to residential, commercial, and industrial electricity customers.
- Distribution management system
A smart grid automation technology that provides real time about the distribution network and allows utilities to remotely control devices in the grid.
- Distribution substation
Delivers electric energy to the distribution grid.
- Distribution system
The link from the distribution substation to the customer.
- Renewable energy
Energy from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, biofuels, and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished.
- Smart grid
A modernization of the electricity delivery system so it monitors, protects, and automatically optimizes the operation of its interconnected elements.
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