If we are going to cut our energy consumption, we must first know where we’re wasting it. Giving us this information is a goal of the smart grid, which is coming your way soon.
In the second supplement produced by New Scientist in association with IBM, Kurt Kleiner reports from North America on the progress, potential and pitfalls of the coming electricity revolution.
Switching to the smart grid will mean a complete upheaval in the way we use energy. Consumers will gain much finer control over their consumption, but they will have to accept that their suppliers will know plenty about their habits at home and work. They may no longer have sole control over their own electrical devices. Utilities will need a totally new business model, since saving energy will be as important to them as selling it.
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