Smart Grid Center

Energy is an increasingly important worldwide issue and, in our opinion, developing more efficient ways to use energy is the topic of the 21st century. The California Smart Grid Center’s (CSGC) focus is to pull our nation away from relying on traditional, non-renewable energy sources while encouraging the use of renewable energy sources.  In order to improve utility electricity delivery systems and promote energy efficiency we must engage in a decades-long change of our country’s energy infrastructure. Devices that deliver electricity to consumers will become more automated and interconnected.       

The CSGC has taken proactive steps to improve the state’s electric grid by performing various research projects to train workers, inform the public and collaborate with utilities. Specifically, the CSGC has three research targets: grid security, sensor and home area networks and electrical energy transmission and distribution. Utility grid security refers to controlling and protecting the communications involved in enabling distribution of electricity.  With secure communications, the CSGC research seeks ways to improvine energy use in the customer premises with the pervasive use of sensors coordinated in a home energy network. All that power from these renewable resources flows in ways never envisioned when the electrical grid was first formed.  So one vitial part of the CSGC research is the integration of renewable resources into the electrical grid of both today and tormorrow. 

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