The high cost of electricity reflected in more than just the outrageous utility bills that consumers receive each month. Although many people do struggle financially to pay these bills, the real cost of electricity cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Coal generated electricity accounts for half of the energy use in the United States. This dangerous unsustainable way to power the country has caused immeasurable negative impact to the environment.
With the demand for more eco-friendly options today and the rising number of power outages across the country, the smart grid is becoming more popular. Most people know that the electricity that is supplied to them is part of a grid, or a set number of plants supplying power to so many miles of homes throughout a specified area.
With almost everyone concerned about helping reduce the harmful effects on the planet the smart grid has emerged as a great solution. Smart grids usually refer to the electricity's grid system; however it can really refer to any system that uses technology to provide energy and power to consumers while reducing waste and improving the environment.
Electricity is supplied through a system of grids. The conventional grid was developed by Nicola Tesla, the father of modern electricity, in 1896. However this system is outdated and over powered. As a result many cities and regions have experienced wide spread power outages.
President Obama announced on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 that there will be $3.4 billion in government grants given to companies across the United States to help improve the existing grid and move towards the creation of a "Smart Grid". With all this money being spent towards the creation of the smart grid, what does this mean for renewable energy?
September 18, 2012
Environmental issues are taking center stage as the world's climate is being tipped year after year. What the governments and non-profit organizations are doing is creating viable solutions to bring a more efficient use of energy to our day-to-day life. Application of green solutions is embodied by the formation of The Green Grid.
In such times of global warming, energy dependence, the smart grid has become increasingly popular. The smart grid delivers electricity from various suppliers to consumers by suing digital technology to reduce cost, save energy and increase transparency and reliability.
Smart grid technology is a long time away from being a nationwide, or even state wide reality. There are many stumbling blocks keeping many utility companies or cities from joining into the venture. There are however, many cities that are involved in the experimental phases of smart grid technology, allowing the different companies involved to see what works, what does not work, and how they can best work out the kinks in the system.
Our current utility system is woefully outdated and painfully unprepared for major outages. Even minor glitches in the current operating system can mean major headaches for the customers who rely on these companies for heat and lights and for the companies themselves. What is even worse is that there are charges for energy even when it is not used. That's right, most people are still billed regardless of whether electricity was used or not.
The bonuses of the smart grid to the environment are obvious. If the usage numbers are broken down to before and after smart grid, the benefits to consumers are just as obvious. What about the economic bonuses of smart grid technology? How does it benefit companies and consumers both financially?