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Smart grid: Revolutionizing our future

What is a smart A smart electric grid homes and businesses to use, as as produce and sell, electricity in a technologically advanced way. see how this might play out the course of a day for a homeowner connected to the grid. Carol Zuber-Mallison

Not average solar panels in the morning, your solar have checked the weather to how much energy they’ll They’ve told the dishwasher the sun is shining so it can kick on. When a passes, the panels tell it to AtominumeroUNO / Shutterstock Images

your smartphone to work You’ve headed to work, but to program your water to shut down since no hot heater is needed when the is empty. That’s OK – you can use your phone to reprogram the water from your office. Robinson

You can sell your surplus As temperatures and electricity demand during the afternoon – at times of demand – your solar sell extra electricity to the electric provider for a premium.

Avoiding peak usage peak costs) Meanwhile managers might cut a deal your freezer: They pay it other freezers in town) to defrosting. That helps the meet peak demand without cranking up a fossil power plant. Julia

Your car can be part of the grid, too electric car knows when extra solar or wind and that’s when it recharges Your car also knows your house needs and can send extra electricity its battery to other electricity John Rae

Our phones are getting smarter, and so are our appliances and homes. Now it’s for the electric grid to smarten up,

The electric grid is the vast of transmission lines, substations and plants that deliver power to our homes and business. It is one of the engineering feats of the 20th and includes more than generating plants and around miles of transmission lines in the

But the current grid is inefficient, and has little in concept since the of Thomas Edison. Ten percent of the we generate is lost in transmission. power plants, often the are held in reserve—although still and polluting—and used only to power several dozen per year.

This costs money and means unnecessary from power plants.

Thankfully, the smart grid is a more efficient and cleaner of our current electric grid which is wasteful, expensive and a source of pollution.

What is a grid?

Since 1882, Thomas Edison switched on the first commercial generator in New City, the electric grid has a one-way path from plants to consumers. A smart allows for a two-way street, computer intelligence and communications to the distribution network and much of connected to it, from solar … to smart appliances … to plug-in It holds great promise for more efficient power, air and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

and offices on the smart grid are in communication with the grid to the cheapest, most efficient way to

Digital smart meters provide real-time electricity replace the old meters with the disks, and consumers can track energy use by smart phones or

Sound like science Actually, EDF is playing a leading in a smart grid initiative is already under development in the neighborhood of Austin, TX. Pecan Inc. is a community-wide collaboration aims to reduce the Mueller’s emissions by 64% compared to other neighborhoods.

Infographic: Smart basics

Goal: Net zero emissions

For houses equipped solar panels, the goal is for to consume no more energy they produce, and to produce net carbon emissions.

In the words of McCracken, Pecan Street’s director, We are going to revolutionize how is produced, transported, and consumed in

Smart grid efforts are underway in North Carolina Envision Charlotte. where EDF on the Board, in San Diego, with EDF and in the service territories of Southern Edison and Pacific Gas Electric, others.

The time for the smart is now


New investments are coming: An estimated trillion will be spent our electric grid infrastructure the next 25 years. But how should it be ever larger versions of machine?

That would many additional power and many will sit idle more—of the year, cranking up for those 100 hours or so when runs their air conditioners blast. But idling plants money and energy, while vast amount of air pollution and gases.

The alternative is building a smart, grid that maximizes and reduces waste.

This is going to spend a ton of money the grid, says Jim Marston, EDF president for energy. The question is we just replace the old system or a new one open to innovative, clean

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