Demand for a national smart grid is rapidly growing across the nation. No state understands this demand better than New York. New Yorkers spend an average of 3.5 hours without power each year, 232% more time than heartland states (natural disasters excluded).
These electric grid vulnerabilities pose serious threats to northeastern and southeastern states as infrastructures age. Some states have already begun to implement some features of a smart grid, which would allow utilities to automatically identify and fix power failures.
As more and more states recognize the value in instituting smart grid technology, the frequency of power outages will greatly decrease.
“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could believe that — in the United States — we should learn to cope with blackouts,” said University of Minnesota Professor Massoud Amin, a leading expert on the U.S. electricity grid and Director of a security technologies graduate program at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Amin was recently featured in CNN.com article on the skyrocketing number of U.S. electricity blackouts.
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