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10 Years after North America's Largest Blackout

On August 14, 2003, nearly 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada lost electricity. Ten years later, are we any better prepared?

  • August 13, 2013

What is the smart grid anyway? [Video]

The smart grid. Sounds good, right? But what exactly is it? And does that mean we have a dumb grid now?"The grid, it is smart today," Laura Ipsen, a senior vice president at Cisco, told the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-e) conference on March 2.

March 22, 2011 — David Biello

World's largest machine--the electric grid--is old and outdated

The U.S. electric grid is so old and outdated it can't handle the influx of wind power and other intermittent renewable resources. Integrating such sources requires adapting a system that is finely tuned to balance the amount of electricity being used with the amount of electricity being generated with fickle winds.

August 28, 2008 — David Biello

What If the Smart Grid Isn't So Smart?

New analyses show that equipping consumers with real-time information about electricity prices could crash the grid. David Biello reports

August 7, 2011

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