Updating first generation units
A smarter grid will enable an unprecedented level of consumer participation.
For example, you will no longer have to wait for your monthly statement to know how much electricity you use.
During the transition period, it will be critical to carry out testing, technology improvements, consumer education, development of standards and regulations, and information sharing between projects to ensure that the benefits we envision from the Smart Grid become a reality.Although the electric grid is considered an engineering marvel, we are stretching its patchwork nature to its capacity.To move forward, we need a new kind of electric grid, one that is built from the bottom up to handle the groundswell of digital and computerized equipment and technology dependent on it—and one that can automate and manage the increasing complexity and needs of electricity in the 21st Century.The Smart Grid is not just about utilities and technologies; it is about giving you the information and tools you need to make choices about your energy use.
If you already manage activities such as personal banking from your home computer, imagine managing your electricity in a similar way.With a smarter grid, you can have a clear and timely picture of it.