Smart grid technologies help make the utility industry more open and competitive.

FREMONT, CA: AI is the "intelligent agent" that makes smart grids work. AI is a key part of integrating renewable energy, stabilizing energy networks, and lowering the financial risks that come with infrastructure that isn't stable. AI's self-learning, adaptability, and calculation skills have a lot of potential to help with the fact that renewable energy isn't always available. It can make it hard to control these energy sources. Using AI in smart grids will help solve this problem by bringing the production and consumption loads back into balance.

Agility and resilience

When new partners like cooperatives and prosumers make renewable energy, it is often intermittent and variable. Excess energy can be stored during times of high production and rerouted when the flow slows down. Sensors and automation can use to find weak spots in the grid and fix them by rerouting energy automatically.

More accurate predictions

Changes in consumption cause price changes in the utility sector. Models for predictive analytics can be used to predict power loads and renewable energy generation more accurately. When data from advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and AI are used together, predictions are more accurate than those made using traditional methods.

More advanced outage alerts

A smart grid's network of sensors, meters, and actuators can send a "last gasp" short signal with the time and date to let people know that they are losing power because of a partial or complete outage. AI's ability to predict real-time information from smart meters can also let operators know about outages before they happen. These systems can even tell the difference between outages in a single home, a street, or an area.

Optimized power output

AI-powered sensor networks can use in the generation stages to improve power output. Similarly, solar energy can be more productive with the help of AI tools that can predict solar radiation.

Better automated switching

Soon, switching protocols will be able to be automated because AI tools will be able to predict grid imbalances and tell the difference between a short power outage and a full-on outage. These tools are the first line of defense that keeps the important equipment used to find and fix faults safe. It will allow utility companies to reroute power or cut off power to affected areas before the damage gets too bad or the outage spreads to more places.