This paper explains the impacts and benefits of interoperability for electric system reliability. This is one of three interoperability benefits studies commissioned by the GridWise® Architecture Council; while this paper addresses grid reliability, the others address the implications of inter-operability for the costs and economics, and for the environmental and resource use entailed by electricity production and use. This study looks primarily at reliability and system adequacy. This paper makes the case that greater use of interoperability within and across the electricity value chain, from the power plant to the customer’s end-use devices, will enhance electricity reliability.
Reliability Benefits of Interoperability is a work of the GridWise Architecture Council.