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

Transforming the archaic power network to a smart grid has taken on added urgency post-Sandy. What upgrades are needed, why and what's the holdup?

By Elizabeth Douglass and Maria Gallucci

Dec 4, 2012
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Public works crews remove a large tree from power lines after Hurricane Sandy pa

No matter how quickly key decisions and investments are made in the grid, a truly smart U.S. power infrastructure will take decades to build, said Stephen Connors, an electric power researcher at the MIT Energy Initiative.

"This is still very early," he said. "The smart grid is long term, it's not near term."

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