This paper appears in: Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC), 32nd International
Issue Date: 6-10 June 2010
On page(s): 1 - 8
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-3383-4
This paper discusses the significance of smart grid implementation for communication systems. The concept of smart grid is initially discussed and its components are firstly described. Next, several aspects of smart grids implementation are discussed including possibly interactions between a smart grid and communication facilities, both from the utility perspective and the user perspective. Smart grids are identified as a possible solution to two very challenging problems in the information and communications technology industry, particularly in case of disasters: improved availability of air conditioners and outside plant active elements. Important standing research issues are also summarized in the paper.