Definition: Smart grid

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Smart grid

A term used to describe the digital technology that allows for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, and the sensing along the transmission lines, and other technologies that have been (or are planned to be) applied to the existing electric grid. The computer processing, remote control, and automation processes used by the smart grid have been employed by other industries for decades. The technological changes and associated digital devices are beginning to be used both by the electric utilities and by electricity consumers.[1][2]

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