When lightning caused a pole-top fire in Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S., the community could have experienced an extended and costly outage. Instead, says Barbara Lockwood, director of energy innovation for Arizona Public Service (APS), robust self-isolating technology and a 900-MHz S&C Electric Co. radio communication system reduced the effect to a momentary flicker of lights, a mere blip. In fact, over several months in 2011, the utility's smart grid investment helped it to avoid some ...

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