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Old 07-05-2013, 03:57 PM   #107 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by NachtRitter View Post
I think the Smart Grid is the direction we *must* go in order to more intelligently manage the power grid so that we can take maximum advantage of power generation, which we know will include more and more renewables. Great opportunities for young folks entering college, BTW...
Power transmission losses are only around 11%.
How many billions of dollars that we don't have should we spends to reduce transmission losses by a few percent?

Most of the same effect could be reached by localizing power production and not doing what california does, buying power from out of state.

The smart grid and smart meters are only a bandaid for the real problem, not keeping up with demand. Demand that comes from growth.
Localizing power production fixes both problems reducing transmission losses and increasing capacity.
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