Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Entries Tagged as 'smart grid'

Subways and the Smart Grid

March 26th, 2009 · Comments Off on Subways and the Smart Grid

As promised yesterday, Microkhan’s gonna continue with its week-long series of “extras” taken from the cutting-room floor of my Wired smart-grid essay. Today’s treat? How subways can become part of distributed-generation networks, along with rooftop solar panels and backyard wind turbines. Beginning in the early 1970s, the Metropolitan Transit Authority began experimenting with flywheels that […]


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The Smart Grid (Hopefully) Cometh

March 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After a wait that seemed ever-so-slightly like forever, Wired‘s cover package on smartening up the electric grid is finally here. I wrote the lead essay, which is mostly a primer on how the grid got so FUBAR in the first place. The bite-size answer? Myopia, botched deregulation, and political bickering. It was difficult to even […]


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