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1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on Smart Grid Design & Implementation

Reengineering the Electric Industry
Bill Booth
Received his BS and BA in Engineering and Public Policy from Swarthmore College in 1978. Received an MS in Technology and Policy, Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1980. Received an MPA2 in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1984. Prior to joining the Energy Information Administration, Mr. Booth was a Supervisory Energy Market Analyst at the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for nearly 22 years.
Abstract: 
In my talk, I discuss the Smart Grid using the standard “Gap Analysis” used in business process reengineering. I lament the lack of a clear smart grid vision and put forward EPRI’s description of the Smart Grid to suggest how electric systems could operate differently. I claim that the Smart Grid is more about the flow of information than electricity and that current operating arrangements are more open to change than they seem. Taken together, this suggests that smart electric systems could be made up of many nested systems. The choice and control this affords industry participants may be the greatest value of the Smart Grid.
 
Date: 
Decemeber 7th, 2012
Time: 
8:45 am
Room: 
201 New Engineering Building

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