The trouble with writing about the smart grid is that the news is moving so fast. Witness:
- Obama just announced plans to modernize 3,000 miles of transmission lines and install smart meters in 40 million homes.
- Cisco just launched EnergyWise, a software suite that brings internet-like capabilities to energy management services.
- A few weeks ago, the Department of Energy snuck out a detailed report on the dismal state of our current grid and the opportunities and obstacles involved in upgrading it.But this is all getting ahead of things. Round 1 of this series looked at why we need a smart grid. Round 2 will try to briefly answer the question, what is a smart grid? This question is a bit trickier to answer than you might think, much as the question “What is the internet?” is a bit more slippery than it first appears.
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