In this live studio interview at Asian Utility Week, Martin Hauske, managing director, smart grid services, Asia Pacific, Accenture, says that the region’s need for a smart grid is growing rapidly as it enables utilities to do more with less and will prove to be more cost-effective in the long run.
Smart grid will provide more control
He says that while renewable integration calls for tighter control, the smart grid will also give utilities a deeper understanding of their grid assets. He adds, “As Asia develops more energy services and increases its renewable energy integration, a smarter grid will become ever more critical. Storage and smart grids will reduce renewable integration costs as there will be more control.”
Mr Hauske points out that one of the biggest challenges in Asia is providing cost-effective power to large and remote areas in the region. For this reason, microgrids should be considered as these will make a “big difference.” He adds, “There is a definite need for higher reliability of data monitoring and analytics to manage these assets and consumption more effectively.”
He talks about energy storage playing a major role in the energy industry and recommends that utilities implement grid storage solutions as well as take a proactive role in providing this capability to its customers.