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Smart Grid Redefined: Transformation of the Electric Utility

Smart Grid Redefined: Transformation of the Electric Utility

By (author): Subramanian Vadari
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9781630814762

Hardback $159.00 Qty:

Written by a leading expert in the utility field, this practical resource guides professionals in the evolution of the Smart Grid and offers insight into distribution automation, storage, and microgrid. This book highlights the journey to a transformed electric utility, provides solid examples, and includes real-world case studies. Readers find guidance on new energy storage solutions and electric value chain disruptors. Professionals learn how to overcome challenges related to integrating supply and demand diversity.


The book highlights how new technologies impact the day-to-day operations of a utility and how these technologies can transform the normal functioning of the utility. Discussions are provided about how a transformed utility can be a springboard to a smart city. Professionals will be able to apply the strategies of technologies in this resource to guide them to success in the field. This book defines the roadmap to the utility of the future and provides a vision for how utilities can thrive in their new environment.


Introduction; Smart Grid Redefined; Distribution Automation-Path to a Self-Healing Grid; Energy Storage-Electric Value Chain Disruptor; Distributed Energy Resources-Challenge of Integrating Supply/Demand Diversity; Microgrids-Fragmentation of the Grid; Data Analytics-Bringing Intelligence to the Grid; Electric Transportation-First Mover to a Mobile Carbon-Free Future; Smart Homes and building-The Final Frontier; Electric Utility Transformation; Transformed Utility-Springboard to a Smart City.

  • Subramanian Vadari Subramanian Vadari is the president of Modern Grid Solutions in Sammamish, Washington. A Senior Member of the IEEE, Dr. Vadari holds an M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Review by: Jesse Berst, Smart Cities Council - January 1, 2018

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and storage are changing everything. As they get to scale, grow in performance, and drop in price, they will powerfully impact the traditional utility business model. Combining deep technical knowledge and business insights, Dr. Mani Vadari provides the first detailed treatment of the transformational impact of DER and the Smart Grid. If you choose to be intentional and proactive about your company and your career, this book will be your indispensable guide.

Review by: Daniel Kirschen, The University of Washington - January 1, 2018

Dr. Vadari lucidly demonstrates that the smart grid is not just about a set of new technologies. He shows how it will affect every stakeholder in this industry.

Review by: Mallikarjun Angalakudati, PG&E Corporation (former) - January 1, 2018

This is an easy-to-read and comprehensive book written by a top smart grid expert. Mani does a wonderful job of providing insights without diving into unnecessary details. Chockfull of concepts, case studies and multiple perspectives, this is a must read for anyone interested in the rapidly emerging area of smart grid.

Review by: Parimal Desai, Rubicon Associates - January 1, 2018
A must-read for anyone interested in real progress of our industry. Dr. Vadari offers unique insight into the whole gamut of smart grid technologies, case studies, lessons learned from other industries; furthermore, provides a transformation roadmap and blueprint to smart utilities and smart cities.
Review by: Ben Rushwald, Seattle City Light (former) - January 1, 2018

From the first day I met Mani it was clear how deep an understanding he has of the transformation of the utility industry and passion to improve all our lives through revolutionizing the power system. Smart Grid is a term that is constantly used without explanation of what it means. In this book Mani does an excellent and thorough job of explaining a very large subject and making it relevant to you and me. It is a great introduction to anyone interested in the Smart Grid and an important reference to those of us in the industry.

Review by: Mehnaz Ansari, US Trade and Development Agency - January 1, 2018

Keeping up with his intelligible and lucid style, Dr. Mani Vadari has once again helped redefine Smart Grids for one and all, be it industry or academia, innovators or consumers. This book is a must read for anyone looking to comprehend Smart Grids for today and tomorrow, from a developed or an emerging utility world. It is a valuable resource to help understand the benchmarks for smart grid evolution and has great reference and resource information from how it started to how the grid will evolve in foreseeable future and beyond. Congratulations Dr. Vadari!

Review by: Young Ngo, Survalent - January 1, 2018

The electrical distribution system is experiencing the most significant disruption since its invention. The challenges, opportunities and possibilities of the electric grid are methodically presented in an organized and well thought-out manner in Dr. Vadari’s book. The use cases and scenarios discussions are very helpful for readers to understand the impact to their respective business. A must read for industry practitioner.

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