Smart Grid

The $787 billion Stimulus Bill signed by President Obama includes an $11 billion investment in smart grid technology. How many people have any idea what the smart grid is all about? Here is some good background. From the article:

The grid took more than a century to grow into the unwieldy beast it is now. Given the urgency of climate change, energy independence, and economic demands, we have only a fraction of that time to fix it. But the solution won’t spring forth fully formed. This, the greatest engineering challenge of our era, must be solved the same way it was created—piece by piece, with utilities and consumers acting in their own interests. For too long, those interests have been misaligned. It’s time for a reset.

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