Implementation guidance of smart grid communication

Christopher W. Asbery, Xiangqing Jiao, Yuan Liao

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Employing proper communication system is one of the most challenging tasks when implementing smart grid applications. Many utility personnel may lack expertise in communication engineering, and have insufficient understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different communication options. In addition, there is no formal decision process for utilities to choose the best communication option for specific applications. Due to these reasons, the current communication implementation process is time-consuming and inefficient. This paper studies the attributes of different communication types available to utilities, and provides detailed illustration of advantages and disadvantages of each communication type. Different smart grid applications may require communication options with different characteristics. Therefore, common smart grid applications along with their best communication types are also discussed. A possible decision process is proposed as a guidance for choosing communication options. Following this process, the implementation of communication technologies could be accelerated and improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNAPS 2016 - 48th North American Power Symposium, Proceedings
EditorsDavid Wenzhong Gao, Jun Zhang, Amin Khodaei, Eduard Muljadi
ISBN (Electronic)9781509032709
StatePublished - Nov 17 2016
Event48th North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2016 - Denver, United States
Duration: Sep 18 2016Sep 20 2016

Publication series

NameNAPS 2016 - 48th North American Power Symposium, Proceedings


Conference48th North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Advanced metering infrastructure
  • Communication
  • Smart grid
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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