21 Nov '12, 3pm

Urgently Needed: A Dumber, Tougher Grid via @IEEESpectrum

Since the hurricane and “nor’easter” that devastated the New Jersey and New York coasts two weeks ago, leaving millions without heat, gasoline and electricity, there has been a lot of loose talk about how a smarter grid might moderate the effects of such catastrophes in the future. The smart grid will indeed have a role to play—especially in speeding recovery. As Massoud Amin of the University of Minnesota recently put it, “a more resilient, secure and smarter infrastructure…would localize impacts and enable a speedier restoration of the services .” However, what we need even more urgently than a more agile and interactive grid incorporating advanced computing and communications in all dimensions is a grid that’s basically old-fashioned, stupid and really, really tough. What was made clear by the “Frankenstorm,” the second costliest such event in U.S. history, after Katrin...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/the-smarter-gr...

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