Debate Continues on Smart Grid Benefits versus Massive Costs


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CALIFORNIA DREAMING: The state encourages electric cars so that, someday, many of them can be powered by a grid that runs on renewable energy. Photo of Interstate 10, near Palm Springs. Image: kevindooley/Flickr

Deployment to consumers‘ homes could cost between $338 billion and $476 billion over the next 20 years, but will deliver $1.3 trillion to $2 trillion in benefits over that period

Deployment of smart grid technology from U.S. utility control centers and power networks to consumers’ homes could cost between $338 billion and $476 billion over the next 20 years, but will deliver $1.3 trillion to $2 trillion in benefits over that period. The benefits will include greater grid reliability, integration of solar rooftop generation and plug-in vehicles, reductions in electricity demand, and stronger cybersecurity, according to a new study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

More (Click here) Scientific American, Peter Behr and ClimateWire

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