Smaller, smarter: The power grid evolves to fuel the future
CBS News - 12/09/2014
The demand for electricity has, of course, grown exponentially since then, and it’s expected to keep rising; the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates we’ll be using almost one-third more by 2040.
But while the grid has developed into a vast network, it sometimes struggles to meet demand and to withstand bad weather and technical failures.
“To some extent it’s going to break, it’s going to break, it’s going to break because it’s old and ailing or mother nature is going to come along and cause mischief,” said Stephen Flynn, Director for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University. “When we put it back together we should make it smarter and better, we shouldn’t just put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”