Self-healing grid

Electric utilities are adding “internet of things” technologies such as sensors and automated controls, and linking them to advanced communications and analytic software. The software monitors distribution system data in real time and is able to detect and isolate faults and reconfigure the system to minimize impact on customers, with limited human intervention. The grid can “heal” itself through a combination of automated switching, dispatch of distributed energy resources, coordinated demand response and management without intervention by operators in the control room.

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