The smart grid will anticipate problems, and it will self-heal when those problems arise. It will lower the utility industry's carbon footprint by enabling the broad inclusion of solar and wind energy, reduce line loss, enable conservation voltage reduction (CVR) and volt/VAR optimization (VVO), and, generally, make the entire North American grid a model of efficiency, safety and reliability. That is the promise, but the realization of this 21st century wonder grid depends on three ...

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