Ever think about how your electricity gets to your home? The very same electricity that powers your television, dryer and kitchen appliances is generated miles and miles away using dams, nuclear plants, coal, wind turbines, etc. To travel such great distances, the electricity must be sent at an extremely high voltage (usually around 500,000 volts). Normal household appliances tend only to need 100 to 200 volts. What happened along the way?
The electrical grid in the United States is becoming inefficient in its ability to transfer power. To combat this, smart grids are looking more and more like the way of the future. Smart Grids operate in ways to transfer and manage energy economically and efficiently. They allow for upgrades (such as hybrid car charging stations) and an increased control of electrical usage. This new technology will allow power companies and their users to have a greater control of electricity and how it reaches the home. Soon, Smart Grid technology will no longer be a thing of the future, but a thing of the present.