From the Forums: Lost in Transmission

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Greenteadrinker writes:

The way we generate and deliver electricity has basically not changed in a century. The system is massive, a marvel of human engineering, with 160,000 miles of lines designed to move electricity from power plants to customers...Unfortunately, the grid, however fast, is not efficient: up to two-thirds of the fuel burned to produce electricity is
lost in the process of generation and delivery. Wasted. Electricity is the only industry that has not yet been revolutionized by the information technology that has so utterly transformed the rest of our lives.

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