The Changing Nature of Modern Utility

Since the first power grids came online in the 19th century, the generation and distribution of electricity has largely been an engineering challenge – and one that has been met with a huge degree of success. We now have in place large-scale grids that transport energy from power plants to homes and businesses, via a network of substations, transformers and transmission lines.
The work of the engineering teams responsible for designing, building and maintaining these grids should be applauded – in the developed world at least we have a reliable system that is generally free of outages and service disruption. Today however, the companies that operate and manage these networks are facing the biggest single change to the way they operate since power grids came into existence: the emergence of smart grids.

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