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FOCUS: Smart Grid 2014

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FOCUS: Smart Grid 2014

Katie Monkhouse

After sequential hurricanes in 2011 and 2012, New Yorkers experienced firsthand how an electricity disruption can have a domino effect – a series of failures that affect transportation, communications, and security. A smarter grid adds resiliency to electrical power systems and makes them better prepared to address emergencies, such as severe storms, earthquakes, heat waves, and terrorist attacks.

In addition, the Smart Grid is one way to address an aging energy infrastructure that needs to be upgraded or replaced. It has the capacity to increase energy efficiency by enhancing awareness among consumers about the connection between electricity use and the environment. Thus, the Smart Grid not only provides a unique opportunity to propel the energy industry into a new era of reliability, availability, and efficiency, but it can also have a positive impact on the economy and the environment.

On November 5, our panel of experts will convene to review the technology’s past successes and discuss its future challenges...