10 May '12, 3pm

US Electrical Grid is Largest Interconnected Machine on Earth, And It Needs Upgrades

Climate Desk has put out a really cool and interesting video about how we are improving the technology behind the US energy grid. If you watch one short video today, it should be this one. Press play, please: As noted in the video, not all folks are onboard with smart metering due to what seems like irrational fear about health and privacy. Bloomberg reports, "A growing consumer backlash against new wireless digital technology for measuring power usage is slowing U.S. utilities’ $29 billion effort to upgrade their networks. States including California, Maine and Vermont have responded to customer concerns about higher bills and safety by offering them the option of keeping their conventional devices for an extra charge." You can pay more money and be a larger drain on the grid by keeping your old smart meter, or you can put a little faith in the studies done thus far about...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/us-electrical-...

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