While issues around the aging infrastructure of grids have been acknowledged for quite some time, market forces driving grid transformations are now more urgent than ever. Utilities face many challenges to improve methods of power delivery and utilization – the integration of control room systems, consumer demands, environmental pressures for renewable power generation and the security of supply.
The development of smart grids will change not only the way a grid is built, but also have a great impact of how it is managed. In the future, when people’s use of electricity is influenced by real-time information of pricing, new demands will be placed on network management and control systems. Managing distribution networks demands flexible IT solutions and experienced support personnel that understand the work process of control center operations.