Smart grid is becoming something of a buzzword, synonymous with nearly all things energy, becoming the new wave in efficiency in utilities. The environmental, security, reliability and efficiency advantages of a fully-realized smart grid will potentially change the way we consume electricity.
The Smart Grid is in the news lately, so often it's become a buzzword nearly synonymous with all things energy. But the buildout of the Smart Grid is in its infancy. We as an industry have the task of educating our consumers and our regulators about the benefits the Smart Grid brings — the reasons our society must invest in the programs that will build it.
In our cover story, we take a look at how one utility, Kansas City Power & Light, is demonstrating the future of electrical power to its customers. We're proud to be a partner in this initiative, which implements the full range of technologies and systems that make up the Smart Grid of the future.
The environmental, security, reliability and efficiency advantages that a fully realized Smart Grid can achieve are lofty — but achievable — goals. But sharing those goals clearly is essential. Projects that emphasize consumer benefits like the potential of lower electric bills are a great step forward.
Walter C. Womack
Electrical Transmission & Distribution Group