Wanted: ‘Superhuman’ AI to master a greener grid

As power grids fill up with renewable energy, electric vehicle charging stations and customer-owned generation, they will become too complex and fast-moving for their human operators to keep up with, a group of international researchers warns.

The humans will need help from smart machines — high-performance computers running decisionmaking software systems built with artificial intelligence — according to researchers at France’s grid operator RTE, the U.S. Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and other partners.

With the proliferation of low-carbon options, “the grid becomes exponentially more challenging to operate,” said Jeremy Renshaw, EPRI’s AI director. “Grid operators are already stretched to

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