Carrier-Grade Ethernet for Power Utilities
Ensuring Reliable Communications in the Smart Grid
Almost every power utility around the globe is either planning or has already begun the transformation of its T&D grid to an intelligent, packet-based network that can efficiently and reliably handle massive amounts of bi-directional or even multi-directional data communications between various devices and locations.
This paper reviews the various tools that carrier-grade Ethernet offers to meet the migration challenges that utilities are facing. It furthermore specifies the performance that is required from the ICT network, as well as discusses strategies that may be employed to implement the transition to Smart Grid communications.