"Our nation's electric power infrastructure that has served us so well for so long -- also known as 'the grid' -- is rapidly running up against its limitations. Our lights may be on, but systemically, the risks associated with relying on an often overtaxed grid grow in size, scale and complexity every day. From national challenges like power system security to those global in nature such as climate change, our near-term agenda is formidable. Some might even say history-making.[…]. The purpose of this book is to give readers -- in plain language -- a fix on the current position of the Smart Grid and its adoption. You will learn what the Smart Grid is -- and what it is not. You will get a feel for the issues surrounding it, the challenges ahead, the countless opportunities it presents and the benefits we all stand to gain."
United States. Dept. of Energy: http://www.oe.energy.gov/