This paper appears in: Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), 2010
Issue Date: 19-21 Jan. 2010
On page(s): 1 - 5
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Print ISBN: 978-1-4244-6264-3
This paper explores and fortifies the need for a robust communications infrastructure for the upcoming smart grid and computes the bandwidth requirement for a hypothetical grid infrastructure. It presents the architecture of the current distribution system and shows that even for a medium-sized grid, the latency requirements of messages on the smart grid will require optical fibers as the transmission medium.