Fighting the Heat with a Smarter Grid

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When the temperature climbs, demand on the power grid goes up with the mercury. The culprits are a million air conditioners cranked to full blast and the result, when things get really hot, is sometimes a power outage. To combat this surge in demand, utilities have tried to generate more power but recently they have also tried a different strategy: Using the available energy more intelligently.Good writes:

Utilities across the country are rapidly replacing the old, "dumb" power grid, with smart grids that use two-way digital technology to keep track of power use, help customers monitor electricity costs, and integrate renewable sources into the energy mix. While many utilities are still in the early stages of rolling out smart meters (electrical meters with real-time sensors), the smart grid is already beginning to affect the way utilities handle events like last week's heat wave.

Read more about the smart grid:
Building Smart Grid Systems: Is Your Neighborhood on Board?
From Smart Grid to Big Brother?
Smart Grid + Demand Response = Underrated Renewable Energy Storage?

Tags: Alternative Energy | Electricity


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