Hugo Bashualdo is an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an authority on electrundefinedic utility distribution planning in the new Smart Grid era.
In this wide-ranging interview, Hugo Bashualdo discusses some of the planning and engineering challenges utilities are encountering as they incorporate Smart Grid technologies into their distribution systems. He has advice for addressing voltage and power quality problems, suggestions for creating strong business arguments for Smart Grid applications, and recommendations for maximizing the value of pilot projects. He also emphasizes the importance of communications systems planning, reviews of working procedures, and safety training of technical personnel.
Question: You work closely with utilities that are deploying Smart Grid technologies. What are the most important challenges utilities are dealing with today, and how can they address these challenges?