30 Jul '15, 10am

GreenBiz 101: The slow but steady march toward Grid 2.0

The phrase “power grid” calls up vivid images of high-voltage wires, gigantic transmission towers and meters spinning 24x7 to track every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed. While that distribution infrastructure certainly will exist for decades to come, the information systems controlling how electricity supplies are added, how power flows and where it illuminates lights, air conditioners, manufacturing equipment, data centers and the rest of our power-hungry, wired world are undergoing a profound overhaul. Central to that evolution are sensors, wireless communications, integration equipment and software applications that offer more insight than ever into consumption trends “behind the meter.” Taken collectively, these technologies are shaping what is being increasingly dubbed “Grid 2.0.” Why the makeover? “Oh, sure,” I can hear GreenBiz readers muttering, “yet another...

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