Year of the Smart Grid
- Jan 11, 2019 10:30 pm GMT
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After decades of speculation, I foresee utilities around the country finally moving towards smart grids en masse in 2019. While a litany of reasons justify the switch, the real catalyst is climate change. Numerous power companies have already fallen victim to increasingly volatile weather, their outdated grids simply no match for hurricanes and wildfires. The bombshell 2018 National Climate Assessment predicts everything will get much worse without major reform, warning of serious health consequences and billions of dollars in annual losses. Smart grids are necessary to circumvent the prolonged outages associated with natural disasters, and to accommodate carbon cutting technologies.
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