Smart Grid: Commercial, Technical and Market Drivers

Learn to navigate the roadmap to successful realisation of Smart Grid

Attend this highly interactive course to:

  • Review the global power systems components, electric value chain, and utility operation
  • Examine the challenges facing the current power grid and the imperative for the Smart Grid.
  • Get to grips with the essential nature, key drivers, benefits, and barriers to the Smart Grid.
  • Understand the various Smart Grid technologies along the entire electric value chain.
  • Learn about the Smart Grid architecture and the convergence of Information Technology and Operations Technology
  • Evaluate how to generate value from the Smart Grid along the industry mega trends
  • Assess Smart Grid adoption worldwide and expected progression of core technologies
  • Get to grips with how utility business models are evolving and an analysis of opportunities for diversification.
  • Explore how to build successful Smart Grid business cases.
  • Navigate the path to realizing the Smart Grid using the Smart Grid Roadmap
  • Appraise the value propositions of Smart Grid via real-world project case studies, videos and lessons learnt.

What is the programme about?

This 2-day interactive training course provides a comprehensive understanding of current state of the grid and Smart Grid from a business, technical, and market trends perspective. It analyses the key drivers, core technologies, business model evolution, and value propositions related to Smart Grid and presents the roadmap to realizing the Smart Grid, supported by various real-world case studies and videos.

This training presents a comprehensive review on the full-spectrum of Smart Grid topics. Empowered with this knowledge, you can identify and seize all the opportunities presented in today’s fast-evolving Smart Grid eco-system.
The key issues covered in this programme
  • Demystifying the electric power systems of today.
  • Define Smart Grid. - What are the key drivers, dimensions, and technologies of Smart Grid?
  • How Power System operations, Information Technology, and Communications converge to make Smart Grid a reality?
  • What innovations drive these markets? What transformation do utility business models need to undergo to adopt Smart Grid?
  • What are the top Smart Grid benefits and utility executive concerns?
  • What are the key areas of growth and their market trends? What areas are being funded?
  • Which major Smart Grid projects are underway? Case-studies and lessons learnt.
  • What is the Cost-Benefit analysis for implementing Smart Grid?
  • What is the Smart Grid implementation methodology and core technology progression?
  • How to build a Utility Smart Grid roadmap with its associated business cases?


  • Mid-level to Senior Managers and Personnel from Utilities
  • IPPs
  • Large Power Users and Vendors will find this course very valuable as they gain insight into Smart Grid value propositions, identify opportunities, and deliver strategic solutions/services to their stakeholders in the overall context of the smart grid eco-system.

Current State of the Grid

  • Key Statistics of the Grid
  • Electric Losses along the Value Chain
  • Economics of Grid Infrastructure
  • Utilization of Current Grid Infrastructure
  • Variations of the electric grid around the world.
  • Summary of the Electric Industry


Overview of Smart Grid
  • Definition
  • Smart Grid and its Key Characteristics
  • Key Dimensions of Smart Grid
  • Key Smart Grid Drivers
  • Top Smart Grid Benefits with a focus on impact around the world
  • Faster Storm Recovery
  • Reduced Utility Costs
  • Increased Customer Engagement
  • Breakdown of Utility Silos
  • Example of Smart Grid Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Top Utility Executive Concerns around the world
  • Global Smart Grid Adoption
  • North America
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Europe, Latin-America, Africa
  • Major Smart Grid Projects worldwide
  • Mega-Trends in the Power Industry
  • Smart Grid Architecture
  • Key Players and Areas of Focus


Distributed Energy
  • Definition
  • Characteristics
  • Types of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs)
  • DER Technologies
  • Benefits and Services
  • Challenges
  • Integration of DERs
  • Power Electronics Interface
  • Distributed Energy as part of a Microgrid
  • Case Study & Lessons Learnt
  • Projected DG and Renewable Capacity
  • Renewable Energy Mandates around the world RPS Mandates
  • DG Interconnection Standards and Policies around the world
  • Financial Incentives for Renewable Energy
  • Impact on Utilities-Technical, Business, Financial
  • Associated Stakeholders
  • Investment in Renewable Energy


Energy Storage
  • Definition
  • Need for Storage
  • Applications along the Electric Value Chain
  • Technologies
  • Positioning along the Value Chain
  • Development Status
  • Description
  • Comparison of Technologies
  • Timelines for Emerging Technologies
  • The case of Germany and California – analysis and conclusions formed
  • Roadmap
  • Installed Electric Storage Capacity-Global & U.S.
  • Funding for Energy Storage Projects in the U.S.
  • Key Energy Storage Demo Projects in the U.S.
  • Market Size and Potential
  • Cost Gap Analysis
  • Impact on Utilities-Technical, Business, Financial
  • Associated Stakeholders
  • Energy Storage on the Grid-Global Revenue Forecast


Distribution Automation
  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Key areas of technology
  • Advanced sensing and measurement technologies
  • Advanced components
  • Power electronics
  • Superconductivity
  • Composite conductors
  • Distribution Automation-Market Forecast
  • Distribution Automation Projects


Advanced Metering Infrastructure  
  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Building Blocks of AMI
  • Smart Meter and its Characteristics
  • Smart Meter-Collection of New Data Types
  • AMI Communications Technologies
  • Meter Data Management System (MDMS)
  • Applications of AMI
  • Evolution of AMI Applications
  • AMI Costs and Benefits
  • Top 5 AMI Deployments in North America
  • Top 5 AMI Deployments worldwide
  • Smart Meters-Market Forecast
  • Key Areas of Growth, Opportunities and Benefits
  • AMI Benefits to Key Smart Grid Stakeholders


Advanced Operational & Decision-Support Systems
  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Key Functions of Advanced Operational Systems
  • Centralized & Decentralized Operations
  • Key Centralized Operational Systems 
  • EMS
  • OMS
  • DMS
  • DEMS
  • Key Decentralized Operational Systems
  • Protection and Control
  • Power Flow Control
  • Dynamic Line Rating
  • Consumer Demand Control
  • Key Advanced Decision Support Systems
  • Visualization
  • Decision Support
  • System Operator Training
  • Smart Grid Enterprise IT & Operational Systems-World Markets Forecast
  • Smart Grid IT and OT-Key Areas of Growth and Market Trends
  • Examples of Utility Spending


  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Features of a Microgrid
  • Microgrid vs. Macrogrid
  • Types of Microgrids
  • Community, Military and Remote
  • Challenges
  • Case Study
  • Market Forecast
  • Market Forecast by Segment


Demand Response & Energy Efficiency
  • Definition
  • Importance of DR
  • Market Drivers
  • Challenges & Benefits
  • Types of DR Programs
  • DR Value Chain & Key Players
  • End-to-End DR Process
  • DR Event: Timing, Baseline, Triggers, Examples
  • Cold Load Pickup + Load Cycling
  • DR Measurement & Verification
  • DR Scenarios: Traditional Utility, ISO/RTO
  • DR & Retail Energy Choice/Market
  • Overview of DR, DR Evolution, Standards and Business Drivers
  • DR-U.S. Market Revenue Forecast
  • DSM-U.S. Market Investments
  • DR Services-Global Market Forecast
  • DR Services-Market Segments-Global Market Forecast
  • Top 10 U.S. Utilities by DSM Investment in 2010
  • Associated Stakeholders


  • Definition
  • Requirements for SG Communications Infrastructure
  • Smart Grid Communications Architecture
  • Communication Technologies
  • Key Characteristics and Considerations
  • Key SG Applications and Communications Requirements
  • Traditional Silo Communications Architecture
  • Challenges of Silo Communications Architecture
  • Integrated Utility Communications Architecture
  • Benefits of Integrated Communications Architecture
  • Global Market Forecast
  • Communications Market Segments-Global Market Forecast


Electric Transportation
  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Classification of electric vehicles, both on-road and off-road
  • The need for charging infrastructure
  • Types of charging
  • Impact on grid and how it can be mitigated
  • V2G concept, and how it works
  • Applications of V2G
  • Other innovative ideas for EVs
  • Electric Vehicles-Global Market Forecast
  • Electric Vehicles-U.S. Market Forecast
  • V2G Market Forecast
  • Associated Stakeholders


Smart Homes and Smart Buildings
  • Definition
  • Key Drivers
  • Key Similarities and Differences
  • Importance of Home & Building Automation
  • Elements of a Smart Home/Building
  • Architecture of a HAN
  • Architecture of a BAN
  • Communication Technologies
  • Energy Management Systems
  • In Home Displays/Energy Portals
  • Smart Home Appliances
  • Smart Building Load Control
  • Energy Usage in Buildings
  • Impact & Integration of EVs
  • Integration of DERs and EES devices
  • Examples of Smart Home/Building Optimization
  • Building Automation Systems-Global Market Forecast
  • Home Automation Systems-Global Market Forecast
  • Home Automation Systems-U.S. Market Forecast
  • Smart Appliances-Market Share and Product Segmentation
  • Associated Stakeholders


Data Analytics  
  • Definition
  • SG Big Data and Need for Data Analytics
  • Meter Data Management System
  • SG Big Data and Need for Master Data Analytics
  • SG Data Analytics Platform-Master Data Management System
  • Reasons to Move from Meter Data Management to Master Data Management
  • Benefits of SG Data Analytics
  • SG Data Analytics-Global Market Forecast
  • MDM-Global Market Forecast


Privacy and Cyber Security
  • Definition
  • Smart Grid Privacy Concerns
  • Mitigating Privacy Concerns
  • Cyber Security Concerns
  • Cyber Security Requirements
  • Cyber Security Standards
  • Cyber Security-Global Market Forecast
  • Cyber Security Strategy and Recommendations for Smart Grid Stakeholders


Utility Transformation, Smart Grid Roadmap & Value
  • Utility Transformation
  • Smart Grid Implementation Methodology
  • Smart Grid Core Technologies along the Utility Value Chain
  • Technology Show-cases
  • Roadmap-Waves Picture and Major Utilities Milestones
  • Major Utility Project Show Cases & Value Propositions
  • Next Steps for your Utility/Organization - Getting Started with a Smart Grid Roadmap
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