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Florida Rolls Out Large-Scale Smart Grid, Puts Rest of Country to Shame

Posted May 04, 2013 7:36 PM

From ExtremeTech:

Smart grids have been widely discussed for about a decade now, but most of the US is still years away from seeing a real smart grid. However, a successful large-scale rollout of a smart grid in Florida might just be what the rest of the country needs to get motivated. Installing and networking sensors all over the power grid is an expensive proposition, but the increased efficiency and reduced outages make it the obvious next step for modern infrastructure.

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05/04/2013 8:44 PM

" FPL installed 4.5 million smart meters alongside more than 10,000 sensors all over the grid. Despite only finishing the project last week, FPL has already seen huge benefits from the system. Four hundred malfunctioning transformers have been sensed before they caused a power outage, and the smart meters allow the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out a repair crew. "

Wow, that's impressive....Now how about one of these...?

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05/06/2013 1:04 PM

The utility industry is notoriously risk-averse and slow to jump on the latest bandwagon. Thank goodness.

You can bet your bottom dollar that utilities all across the nation will be reviewing the results of the Florida experiment to see if it makes cents.

If a technology can save money they'll do it.

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