What We Mean When We Talk About the Grid
Our electric system is more than 100 years old, 和 although it has served us well, 它需要升级. 我们的系统, usually referred to as the grid, just isn’t flexible to accommodate energy from sources like wind 和 solar, 和, 同时, efficiently 和 reliably deliver energy to millions of user 和 hundreds of millions of devices 和 appliances.
现在, the challenge is to engineer a smarter grid that allows integration of renewable sources but also provides immediate feedback on system operations, 中断, 和 end-use to optimize its performance. A smarter grid also make widescale blackouts a thing of the past by “seeing” problems 和 then isolating them before they spread throughout the region.