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An Introduction to Infrastructure

Our existing electricity grid has been called “the world’s largest machine.” An engineering marvel put in place over 100 years ago, it has changed very little since then despite an exponential increase in power load. While a tremendous amount of innovation has been directed at developing sustainable sources of renewable energy and energy-efficient consumer products, technology upgrades to improve the efficiency of our electricity infrastructure have been slow to keep pace. Modernizing the grid will let us manage supply and demand more effectively, prevent waste, and avoid costly service interruptions. We need an energy network that prepares us for the future—one that is flexible, responsive and resilient. And a stronger and more intelligent grid would pay for itself by increasing efficiency by five percent (which would save $20.4 billion annually) and by reducing the cost of power outages by about $49 billion per year in the United States alone.


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