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Under the commentary Want resiliency? Here's how to get it. (New Jersey has already started), Jesse Berst introduces and presents the article “Resiliency+: Distributed generation and microgrids can keep lights on during the next storm,” by Michael Panfil. One thing is clear from this post: the understanding of what resiliency must mean for customer and society.
 
In an Interview with Massoud Amin, posted in the IEEE Smart Grid web side, Dr. Amin said that “Resiliency is a measure of the system’s ability to bounce back to normal operations after an impact.” We could call this supply side resiliency. However, what New Jersey has already started is about demand side resiliency. While the IEEE Smart Grid solution proposes supply side resilience, what customers and society need is demand side resilience.
 
This is an update on that same issue from a slightly different point of view. One year ago, I responded to the article Energy: The smart-grid solution, where “Massoud Amin outlines how the United States should make its electricity infrastructure self-healing to avoid massive power failures.” My comment, which is repeated as the EWPC Blog post Great electric service, starts with “Great electric service will be the result of the development of business model innovations in the retail market, for example, on the internet infrastructure.” It is now easy to see that that kind of development is based precisely on demand side resiliency.
 
While what New Jersey has started may well “improved resiliency so many regulators… are screaming for,” I propose that Smart electric service is what customer and society are not expecting but will love. In fact, that’s also the aim the EWPC post Should the electric power market be beneficial for all parties all over the world?
 

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