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A story featured today on Microsoft News Center discusses how technology is helping the power grid become more efficient. The story defines “smart grid” and explains the benefits this new technology provides both the power utility companies and consumers. The article explains that the core of the smart grid is digital technology. Technology will help connect utilities across electricity generation, transmission, and distribution, allowing for more information to be available throughout the entire ecosystem. In a smart grid environment, utilities can capture data to determine when demand peaks occur. Then, they can adjust generation to compensate and avoid overloading the grid and prevent outages. For consumers, they can have more control over the items in their homes that might be using energy and costing them money.
To learn more about the work from the Microsoft Utilities team, visit their site. To read the article, visit News Center.