Smart consumer system
Smart-grid technology will have a big impact on the way we generate, transport and consume electrical energy. Consumers will be the one who will be benefited most from the smart-grid technology. This chapter will discuss about the types of consumers, their role, their responsibilities and their awareness about smart-grid technology, relationship between the energy provider and consumer, and related issues. Also, this chapter presents a few case studies and their results. Consumers are grouped into three categories, namely industrial, commercial and residential. The demand-side management, the benefits of demand-side management in smart-grid technology and technological requirements to implement it are presented in detail. The consumer behaviour, their level of awareness about smart-grid technology, how to enhance the awareness and the man power training needs are discussed. The various government policies across the world and changes needed for the success of smart-grid technology are presented. Few case studies about the challenges faced and success of smart-grid technology will be useful for the further expansion of smart-grid technology.