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About "Smart Grid"
“Smart Grid” is a buzzword that means different things to different people, but it generally involves greater integration, internet linkage, and automation of the electric grid. The goal is to make it more efficient, fix outages more quickly, divert electricity faster from areas with surplus to areas with shortage, and alert consumers to the cost of energy to promote conservation. It’s the next natural evolution in technology and it will come sooner or later, but AFF wants to speed it up with federal subsidies. They may not realize just how many hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars it will cost. Results so far from early adopters have been disappointing – it doesn’t deliver all the benefits AFF’s will promise. And utilities still haven’t figured out how to do adequate cyber security for Smart Grid, so the sooner the entire system is connected, the sooner we will all get hacked and lose our power for a long time.
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