Energy Center

Proposed Smart Grid 101 Modules (as of February 2012)

The SG101 program for participant firms’ employees is paid for through the grant. Training is directed at all levels of the organization to develop a common definition and shared understanding.


Module 1: Smart Grid Overview

The first module provides a high level overview and introduction to the smart grid. Beginning with defining key terminology and the national scope of the Smart Grid, the module then focuses on identifying its major impacts – not only on the flow of power from generation to consumption, but also customer service, metering, operations, value and employment.


Module 2: Distribution Automation

This module will examine the topics of distribution automation (DA), including distribution optimization, remote monitoring and control, and self-healing networks. The sessions will explore the various devices, communication systems, implementation strategies, and relay control engineering skills relevant to DA.  


Module 3: Smart Meters

As advanced metering infrastructure is deployed, employees will need a new set of skills to manage these devices. The smart meters module will cover the topics including home and building automation, in-home devices and appliances, communication protocols, demand response, dynamic pricing, security, and customer service and support considerations.


Module 4: Substation Automation: Protection and Control

Everyone from engineering to operations to line workers can benefit from these three two-hour sessions. The goals for this module include: overview of the substation, where substation technology is going, substation automation overview, changing skills for substation qualification, protection schemes, and the business case for substation replacement. Repair and replacement strategies are essential with this new technology, and employees from a variety of departments will need the skills to address these questions as they arise.


Module 5: Transmission (Proposed)

To deliver the promised benefits of the smart grid –- stability, seamless interconnectivity, and real-time information for customers and grid operators to control costs –- the country’s aging, isolated AC grids will have to be replaced by a robust new transmission network. The build out of the smart grid puts increasing pressure on the nation’s aging electric power transmission system, which is the high-voltage part of the electric power infrastructure responsible for the bulk transfer of electricity from power plants to substations located near population centers. After years of neglect, it is clear that we need more than Band-Aids and piecemeal patches to enable a smarter, modern grid. Simply planting more towers and stringing more line won’t prepare the nation’s electric power transmission infrastructure to meet the energy challenges ahead. What will it take? And how will we get there?


An efficient, reliable transmission system has had, and will continue to have, an essential role in satisfying the nation’s growing thirst for electricity, the most flexible and useable form of energy. Advanced digital technology, as well as power electronics, can raise transmission to a new level of performance, even as the emergence of remote renewable energy farms and increasing electricity market applications create new challenges.

Smart Grid Navigation

Smart Grid Contact Information

For more information, contact

J. Eric. Dietz
Department of Computer and Information Technology
Knoy Hall of Technology, Room 259
401 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 765-494-8130

About the Energy Center

The Center’s mission is to grow the Purdue energy research and education enterprise. We engage researchers and students in a community that delivers new discoveries and develops disruptive technologies with national and global impact.


Maureen McCann

Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

Pankaj Sharma

Managing Director, Energy Center,
Global Sustainability Institute

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