The electric utility industry is rapidly modernizing the electric grid through deployment of advanced systems. As utilities are deploying smart meters, however, they are facing a key issue: Should they integrate ancillary secondary programs to the metering part of a smart grid deployment or operate them on separate platforms?
The Illinois Senate voted overwhelmingly last week to pass a resolution calling for the modernization of the Ameren Illinois electricity distribution grid that will improve reliability and create hundreds of jobs throughout the state.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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