How can the advancements of Green Energy Technology minimize the Digital Divide using the Smart Grid? Danniel Williams
INF 103: Introduction to Computer Literacy
Professor Melanie Davis
Green Light Special: How can the advancements of Green Energy Technology minimize the Digital Divide using the Smart Grid?
There exist a myriad of definitions out in the information hemisphere regarding how to define Green Technology. Many are valid but specifically defined to whatever aspect of technology being covered. All definitions refer to the sustainability of the technology developed and used. There are several major components and players of Green Technology as outlined on the website www.green-technology.org; they are “sustainability, ‘cradle to grave’ design, source reduction, innovation and viability.” (Green Technology, 2010, retrieved from http://www.green-technology.org/what.htm) Some of the developments on the rise are alternative fuel vehicles, alternative and clean-source energies and sustainable design and living to name a few. One of the prominent developments of Green Technology on the forefront of implementation is what is known as The Smart Grid. The Smart Grid is a new technology that will update the current delivery systems of electricity using various energy sources, with focus on renewable energy, by way of a computer-based remote control. Even though the public is concerned about privacy issues, The Smart Grid Green Technology should be invested in so as to help close the digital divide because the saving of natural resources and economic boost of smart grid implementation and usage will allow for energy to be distributed to areas previously unconnected to power sources. The smart grid takes advantage of multiple power generating sources and is therefore a more efficient delivery of energy using an innovative energy distribution system that is less toxic and more protective of our planet earth.
First, America should invest in Smart Grid technology to help close the digital divide by modernizing the use and distribution of natural resources to allow for energy to be distributed in areas previously unconnected to power sources. In 2007 The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was established. Steven T. Bushby (2011) author of the article Information Model Standard for Integrating Facilities with Smart Grid summates the act with the following statement; In order to meet future demands on energy growth and provide a reliable infrastructure where security is paramount, this national policy seeks to modernize the nation’s electricity transmission and distribution system. It also seeks to address a specific range of objectives. (Bushby, 2011, retrieved from http://www.bacnet.org/Bibliography/BACnet-Today-11/Bushby-2011.pdf) With a modernization of the way energy is transmitted and distributed an accurate account of how much energy is needed and thus how much energy is delivered into residential as well as business end loads can be obtained. The website smartgrid.gov (2008) sums up the issue and solution with, “The Smart Grid and the technologies embodied within it are an essential set of investments that will help bring our electric grid into the 21st century using megabytes of data to move megawatts of electricity more efficiently, reliably and affordably. (What the Smart Grid Means to Americans, 2008, retrieved from (http://www.smartgrid.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/sg_advocates.pdf.) While this is one of the primary reasons to support the smart grid another specific range of objectives is to provide energy to sources that lack the energy supply currently. The efficiency and cost effectiveness of a smart grid will allow those in impoverished or rural areas to have access. Initial implementation costs as well as the cost associated with procuring smart grid technologically equipped products will initially be cost prohibitive because of...