NPR is sure doing its due diligence on the “smart grid.”  This week they’re running a 10-part seriesevery day both on Morning Edition and All Things Considered…now that’s dedication. 

This morning, while moving my car to a legal spot, I caught Part 5: Getting Constant Current From Fickle Winds, which explores the chicken and egg problem that potential wind farmers face in South Dakota. They are slow to build wind farms because there are no power lines to take the energy to market, and they won’t build power lines because there is no power generation yet. Seems like a deal could be worked out…

My favorite so far? Part 1: An Aged Grid Looks to a Brighter Future. Also love the cool interactive map they’ve built so you can better envision the grid.

 

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