Grid modernization (“smart grid”) technologies alone cannot adequately improve and sustain the reliability, resilience, safety, and security of the electric system during a Very Large Scale Events (VLSE). Rather, solutions must integrate people, technologies, and processes to maximize the effectiveness of the preparation for such response efforts.
The GridWise Alliance (GWA) recognizes that the ability to prevent or reduce the severity of such power outages and to expedite restoration when outages do occur is a “call to action” for its members, the broader utility industry, and local, state, and national leaders. Each day that a power outage is reduced translates to substantial benefits across our economy. Yet, there are no “silver bullets” to addressing grid resilience. A multi-pronged approach is needed.