A modern power grid is a system where pieces of equipment have two-way communications capability so they can “talk” to each other over a communications network.
Like your smartphone, this happens through a communications module inside the equipment. A more modern power grid includes substations, meters and sensors along power lines that all transmit information back to the power company.
This data allows the utility to see what’s happening across the whole electric grid in real time. When the power goes out, they can easily pinpoint the outage and send crews to the proper location to fix it. With enhanced capability, some modern grid systems can even reroute power automatically when an outage happens to get the majority of customers back on in seconds.
Adapting to Saskatchewan’s power needs
Our vision is for an advanced power grid that will help us to reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. To get us there, we need an electrical system that can adapt – providing two-way communication to smart devices that help us:
- Understand when and where outages happen;
- Make it easy to connect more renewable power to the grid (such as solar or wind); and
- Give us the information we need to tap various sources of power based on when and where customers need it.