It has been a several of years (March 5, 2004) since I started talking about building the smart grid and in the process the audiences that I have talked to have asked over and over that I define what is a smart grid. So, for all those needing a definition, here it is:
Smart Grid - It is the integration of an electric grid, a communications network, software, and hardware to monitor, control and manage the creation, distribution, storage and consumption of energy.
The Smart Grid of the future reaches every electric element, it is self-healing, it is interactive, and it is distributed.
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