Smart Grid Essay

13779 Words Jan 9th, 2013 56 Pages
Exploring the imperative of revitalizing America’s electric infrastructure.

the SMART GRID: an introduction.

How a smarter grid works as an enabling engine for our economy, our environment and our future.

prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy by Litos Strategic Communication under contract No. DE-AC26-04NT41817, Subtask 560.01.04

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It is to this mission that The Smart Grid: An Introduction is dedicated.

From the Department of Energy The Smart Grid Introduction is intended primarily to acquaint non-technical yet interested readers about: • the existence of, and benefits accruing rom, a smarter electrical grid f • what the application of such intelligence means for our country • how DOE is involved in helping to accelerate its implementation.




ONE Introduction: We Don’t Have Much Time. Toward an orderly transition to a smarter grid…


TWO Edison vs. Graham Bell: The Case for Revitalization. Presenting the argument in a timely fashion requires a trip “back to the future…”


THREE The Grid as It Stands: What’s at Risk? The many hazards associated with operating the 20th century grid in the 21st century. The lights may be on, but consider what we’re missing…


FOUR The Smart Grid: What It Is. What It Isn’t. Why it’s important to know the difference…


FIVE Compare and Contrast: A Grid Where Everything is Possible. For an invigorating vision of our energy future, look forward…


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SIX First Things First: Teasing Out the Complexities. How various constituencies – i.e., utilities and regulators – are working toward fundamental

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