CEP: August 2014 The electric-power grid is being tranformed into a smarter network - one that could bring significant benefits to the chemical process industries. Learn what a smart grid is and how you can participate. Other topics this month include spray nozzle selection; calculating plant capacity; and Saudi Arabia's chemicals industry. Editorial Get Smart about Electricity According to the Edison Foundation, nearly 40% of U.S. households, about 46 million residences, are outfitted with a smart meter for monitoring and managing electricity use. Some of these meters operate under direct load control (DLC), which allows the utility to intermittently interrupt service to connected appliances — such as electric heaters, central air conditioning systems, water heaters, hot tubs, and clothes dryer heating elements — during periods of peak electricity demand. In return for their willingness to accept these short (typically no more than a few hours) power interruptions, customers receive a payment or a credit on their electric bill. Smart metering is a form of demand-side management, and is an important part of the evolving smart grid. Read more Share Spray Nozzles 101: Spray Nozzle Selection August2014Back To BasicsCharles LippUnderstand the two most common spray nozzle designs, as well as their basic characteristics, in order to choose the best nozzle for your application. Calculating the Capacity of Chemical Plants August2014Reactions and SeparationsAndrew Carpenter, Russell A. OgleProduction capacity is a vital statistic for describing the performance of a chemical plant, but there is no universally accepted definition or means to evaluate it. This article provides a comprehensive definition of capacity and details the options for deriving it. Saudi Arabia’s Chemicals Industry Continues to Grow August2014Global OutlookLeonard E. Gerlowski, Ahmad M. Al OthmanAbundant and competitively priced petroleum feedstock has spurred massive growth in Saudi Arabia’s chemicals industry over the past five decades. As the Kingdom faces competition from neighboring countries, it will diversify to ensure further growth. Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid: AIChE's Center for Energy Initiatives August2014Special Section Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid: Meet the Authors August2014Special Section Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid: The Basics — What? Why? Who? How? August2014Special SectionDonald ChmielewskiThe electric-power grid is being transformed into a smarter network — one that could bring significant benefits to the chemical process industries. Learn what a smart grid is and how you can participate. Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid: You Are Not Alone August2014Special SectionDavid M. Heitzer, Nathan ManchaCurtailment service providers can help you assess and implement smart-grid opportunities at your plant. Special Section: Energy - Smart Grid: Implementing Automated Demand Response August2014Special SectionGirish Ghatikar, Sila Kiliccote, Mary Ann PietteLow-cost automation and communication systems will be critical to the success of demand-response programs. Special Section: Energy - Smart Grid: Industry Meets the Smart Grid August2014Special SectionXiaoming Feng, Iiro Harjunkoski, Ernst ScholtzIndustrial processes can enable the power grid to operate more securely and economically, and at the same time reduce energy costs to the plant. Special Section - Energy: Smart Grid (Full 26-Page Supplement) August2014Special SectionBond Calloway, Donald Chmielewski, Xiaoming Feng, Girish Ghatikar, Iiro Harjunkoski, David M. Heitzer, Sila Kiliccote, Nathan Mancha, Mary Ann Piette, Ernst ScholtzSmart Grid: The Basics - What? Why? Who? How?; You Are Not Alone; Implementing Automated Demand Response; Industry Meets the Smart Grid Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine or purchase an article reprint? Learn more about Reprints and Permissions.