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Energy and Environment Directorate

Research Capabilities

Grid Architecture

Grid Architecture is the application of system architecture, network theory, and control theory to the electric power grid. A grid architecture is the highest level description of the complete grid, and is a key tool to help understand and define the many complex interactions that exist in present and future grids.



Prime Uses of Grid Architecture

  • Help manage complexity (and therefore risk)
  • Assist communication among stakeholders around a shared vision of the future grid
  • Identify and remove barriers and define essential limits
  • Identify gaps in theory, technology, organization, regulation
  • Provide a framework for complex grid-related development activities

Point of Contact

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas