18 Aug '11, 9am

Why the Scorching Summer Underlines the Need for a Smart Grid

Why the Scorching Summer Underlines the Need for a Smart Grid

I live in Dallas, TX, and it's been hot this year -- scorching hot -- not unlike many other cities across the U.S. As people crank up their air conditioners in attempt to find relief, the utility's solution for preventing rolling blackouts has been a simple request to customers: "please turn off your electronics." Good luck with that. Now, whether you believe the rising temperatures are the result of climate change or the Earth's natural weather cycles, there's a bigger issue at stake: my electrical isn't nearly as smart as it needs to be. We need mechanisms in place, ASAP, for balancing spikes in demand. Eating dinner in the dark is the least of my concerns; it's the cost of these power outages to our economy. And frankly, our economy can't afford it. This is a clear reminder: We need a smart grid, now. Fortunately, smart grid solutions will help us do more than keep our ...

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