Chapter Ten - Power, Buildings, and Other Critical Networks: Integrated Multisystem Operation

Kyri Baker

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The electrifying transportation sector, the increasing grid interactivity of the built environment, the rapidly expanding number of devices within the Internet-of-Things, and the overall trend toward highly connected systems and interdependent networks is revolutionizing the operation of the electric power grid. While these changes are presenting grid operators with new challenges to ensure an efficient, reliable, and sustainable operation of the grid, they also enable a new suite of resources that can be utilized for assisting the grid in times of need. In this chapter, we explore how these recent changes and trends are affecting modern power systems and discuss the benefits and challenges of an increasingly electrified and interconnected world. We will observe how various critical infrastructure, that is, buildings, water and gas, transportation, and telecommunication networks are highly dependent on power network operations but, with improved coordination and control, can also provide valuable assets to the grid in times of need.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationNew Technologies for Power System Operation and Analysis
EditorsH. Jiang, Y. Zhang, E. Muljadi
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5D00-80632


  • electric vehicles
  • future power systems
  • grid-interactive buildings
  • interconnected networks
  • internet-of-things


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