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A Smart Grid Primer: Complex and Costly, but Vital to a Warming World

December 5, 2012

Maybe some politicians and engineers are working in Georgia to upgrade our electrical power grid so we won't have widespread blackouts. Or maybe they are not. (The answer, a smart grid, involves smart meters and security for the information that they provide.)

"A week after superstorm Sandy left a huge swath of the East coast without electricity, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unleashed a blistering critique of his state's utilities, calling their restoration efforts inadequate and deriding the electric system as "archaic and obsolete."

The vast and lengthy power outage isn't the first disaster to expose weaknesses in the nation's aging electric grid. But Sandy—and the prospect of climate change fueling more storms like her—has added a sense of urgency to fixing the power system and has drawn politicians and the public into the debate over how to do it.

"We need to seriously overhaul the energy regulatory and power distribution in this state," Gov. Cuomo said last month as he announced an investigation into utilities' storm preparations. "Let's make the changes we need to make, and let's do it while we are still in the moment."

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