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Advances like GE’s new hybrid wind turbines could make renewable energy more practical.
A superstation for connecting three independent grids could help solar and wind power.
A national interstate system for distributing power may prove an expensive boondoggle.
The devices could help stabilize the grid, and make charging electric cars cheaper.
The key is a modular design, which could make the technology practical as a way to keep the grid stable and reduce electricity costs.
Attackers could manipulate poorly protected data to make money or cause blackouts.
But some consumers, concerned about rising prices and privacy, would rather their electricity meters stayed dumb.
DOE funds will help finance construction of a geothermal facility using advanced technology.
A consortium including IBM has built a system that makes more of existing infrastructure.
The social network breaks an unwritten rule by giving away plans to its new data center—an action it hopes will make the Web more efficient.