Laney Brown is the Director of Smart Grid Planning and Programs at Iberdrola USA. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for the planning and deployment of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure ("AMI") program at Central Maine Power.
In this interview, Laney Brown answers questions regarding the importance of grid reliability—particularly as it pertains to outage challenges and more. Iberdrola USA has leveraged the US Department of Energy’s Value of Service model to articulate the value of Smart Grid investments. During Laney Brown’s IEEE Smart Grid webinar, two case studies were presented: One that demonstrates the value of service and reliability as part of a business case to regulators and a second that highlights the use of the model to compare traditional reliability investments to Smart Grid investments for capital planning.
QUESTION: With so many workers telecommuting today, you do not seem to be accounting for the true cost of residential outages. Can you comment?