Smart Grid: What it Is, Why It Matters

If you want a quick intro or refresher on what the Smart Grid is, what it does, and why it matters, then take five minutes to listen to the podcast “Toward a Smart Electric Grid” posted by NOVA | PBS on February 23.  This plain-language audio is the  best explanation of the Smart Grid I’ve come across.

Starting with the huge 2003 blackout that darkened much of North America – and was completely avoidable had human grid operators responded in time — NOVA explains what’s “smart” about the new Grid, why it’s critical to our survival, and how electric cars and alternative energy sources fit in.  They present an inclusive vision of a grid that not only carries electrons, but also the smarts to manage itself in real time.

It’s well worth a snippet of your time.  Listen now:

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