The Next Innovation
Smart grid and smart meters are the next advancement in the history of electricity and human innovation. If previous societies did not take chances and had not experimented with developing technologies, daily life would be much more difficult.
Had contemporaries rejected the idea of the light bulb because it was new and different, we might be without every subsequent innovation, from traffic stops to energy efficient bulbs, to the light that comes out of your iPad. Explore below significant events of technology evolution in transportation, communication, computers, energy, banking and your home. See how innovation changed our daily lives.
You'll find that smart grid and smart meters are not only the next innovation for our society but for your home.
Stages of Evolution
Feet & Hooves / 1 million BC
Walking or riding animals was the only form of transportation for millions of years.
Smart Vehicle / Tomorrow
Advanced electric vehicles allow consumers to be smart about when they recharge with the ability to be able to program the start time for charging, the rate they want to pay, and the time needed to complete charging.
Grafitti on Stones / 3000 BC
Egyptians perfect hieroglyphics ushering in the general idea of expressing words of a language in writing.
Smart Communications / Tomorrow
By 2017, your smart phone will make your life easier making recommendations like a personal shopper or assistant.
Fire / 400,000 BC-1900s
Fire brought comfort and protection with the ability to cook food, stay warm throughout the day and extend waking hours into the night.
Current Electrical Grid / 1890s-1950s
The advancement of alternating current (AC) allowed for power generation stations to be located much further from consumers. Large transmission lines were built to carry electricity to substations then to distribution lines before entering a home or business.
Renewable Energy / 1970s-2000+
Renewable energy is the generation of electricity from a source that is always available, such as wind, sun or water. Environmental concerns and climate change prompted the introduction of subsidies for renewable energy technology. Renewable energy in the home or business can reduce power costs and supply power back to the utility.
Smart Grid / Tomorrow
Steps to modernize the transmission infrastructure so that electricity generated anywhere in America can power homes and businesses across the nation. A unified national smart grid would form the entire skeleton of a modern electricity system, allowing us to efficiently carry large amounts of electricity over long distances in a network that is integrated, continuously monitored, and resistant to failure.
Wireless Devices / Tomorrow
Access to information anywhere, real-time data collection, instant diagnostics.
Mobile Banking / Tomorrow
Transactions can be made automatically or instantly through smart phones.
Smart Home / Tomorrow
The integration of a smart meter along with Wi-Fi enabled appliances, lighting and other devices conveniently changes the way a family interacts with its home and optimizes home energy consumption.