The nation’s electrical system has undergone some revamping--maybe still not enough--since tens of millions in the Northeast experienced a prolonged outage 10 years ago
Achieving greater efficiency and control requires hooking almost every aspect of the electricity grid up to the Internet, making it more vulnerable to cyber attacks
Updating the aging electricity grid may save money, energy and greenhouse gas emissions
Wrangling Renewables and the Smart Grid: How Can the Federal Government Change the Future of Electricity?
The commissioner of the federal agency responsible for electricity supply in the U.S. explains the ongoing transformation of the energy sector
A nut-and-bolts, transformer-and-cable view of the power grid as it gets smarter
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.
The U.S. electric grid is so old and outdated it can't handle the influx of wind power and other intermittent renewable resources.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.
The grid's flow of data is supposed to improve energy delivery but must be protected from hackers' prying eyes
Whether we want it or not, the "smart grid" is on its way. In this animated guide we show you the essential features.
Simply using instead of losing energy, the U.S.--and the world--could power its way out of crisis. David Biello reports
New analyses show that equipping consumers with real-time information about electricity prices could crash the grid. David Biello reports