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The time period "smart grid" has develop into a catch-all word to symbolize the capability merits of a made over and extra subtle electrical energy procedure that may satisfy numerous societal expectancies regarding more advantageous strength potency and sustainability. shrewdpermanent grid grants to allow more advantageous power administration via utilities and via shoppers, to supply the power to combine larger degrees of variable renewable power into the electrical grid, to help the improvement of microgrids, and to have interaction electorate in strength administration. notwithstanding, it additionally comes with capability pitfalls, reminiscent of elevated cybersecurity vulnerabilities and privateness hazards. even though discussions approximately shrewdpermanent grid were ruled via technical and financial dimensions, this booklet takes a sociotechnical structures point of view to discover severe questions shaping power method transitions. will probably be priceless for complex scholars, educational researchers, and effort pros in quite a lot of disciplines, together with strength reports, environmental and effort coverage, environmental technology, sustainability technological know-how, and electric and environmental engineering.

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Regulators and utilities have explored different rate structures, or providing “sustenance” levels of electricity, to separate out the issues of energy poverty and energy management, but dynamic pricing remains a politically challenging issue. Some question why utilities are focusing smart meter initiatives on residential customers, because large industrial customers may have the greatest ability and greatest incentive to shift demand and reduce system costs. Some argue that investments to change small-scale residential electricity usage might be better spent focusing on larger electricity users.

The panopticon perspective sees smart grid as a perfect storm of corporate/government control that will peer into private citizens’ homes and usurp individual liberty and local decision-making authority. In such extreme scenarios, smart grid weakens society and the economy, and the ensuing disruptions then cause widespread environmental damage. Citizens have no motive to participate in such a system, but are better off maintaining their distance. Source: Foccault, 1995. 1 Diminished Reliability and Security A dominant pitfall of smart grid is the possibility that instead of making the grid more reliable and resilient, smart grid has the potential to reduce system reliability.

Another pitfall for consumers relates to the initial investment to upgrade. Costs of smart grid upgrades paid for by the utility and recovered from the customers include the meter, as well as associated costs for the information communication technology (ICT) overlay, network and communication upgrades, and installation. Even highly motivated consumers may face high transaction costs simply to get started using the new consumer applications. If electricity is a basic need, then what right do providers have to refuse it to anyone?

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