An article by our partner site LEONARD

At least on paper, smart grids are brimming with promises – that they will upgrade energy management by keeping supply and demand balanced and that they will help to blend wind and solar energy into existing mixes, for example. And, most importantly, we hear, the people producing, distributing and consuming electricity will be able to use data to optimise their power production, transmission and consumption. But there are questions, too: what does rolling out these new-generation networks on the ground actually entail? Does it make sense to revamp a geography’s entire system in light of its legacy grid? How will smart grids reshape energy professionals’ jobs? Will consumers start playing an active role, really?

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