The concept of energy efficiency has moved in and out of favor with the public over the years, but recently has gained renewed broad-based support. The confluence of economic, environmental and geopolitical concerns around reducing America’s exposure to disruptions in the supply of energy has moved efficiency to the fore. As a result, a number of initiatives are now underway to improve efficiency in a variety of areas, but much more can and should be done.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs over 115,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.
There is a convergence occurring between the business realities of the utility industry, the energy demands of modern society, and the sustainability requirements of the environment in which we live. The combination of these factors is driving the development and implementation of a new power delivery system. This network will utilize the same basic infrastructure we know today, but will also draw on advanced monitoring, control and communications technology that is presently only beginning to be applied.