Utilities that are planning a smart grid transformation are grappling with an intricate and multifaceted initiative. Some are just beginning the journey, while others have invested significant time and funding into developing a workable strategy. Aligning investments with the topmost business drivers is essential, and technology needs are a factor, but following this five-step approach to constructing a Smart Grid roadmap is the key:
- Define internal roles and responsibilities of utility management and staff in building the roadmap.
- Conduct workshops to discuss drivers and requirements.
- Define priorities through a business case for implementing smart grid technologies.
- Document the plan.
Each utility faces unique challenges, so it’s not a “one size fits all.” But following this approach will ensure clarity for all stakeholders.