Originally published: February 13, 2010
Last updated: February 13, 2010 - 7:06pm
While much of the attention in the smart grid industry has been focused on the U.S. market developing countries like India, China and Brazil are also looking to make their power grids smarter. For these countries, some of which are experiencing rapid economic growth (translates to more homes and buildings getting connected to the grid) there are some similar, and some very different, reasons to make the grid smarter compared to the developed world.
According to research from the Bangalore-based nonprofit Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), there are five reasons why developing countries need, and want, smart grids.
1) Stopping Power Theft.
2) Higher Quality/Reliability of Power, Fewer Blackouts.
3) Leapfrog to Smart Grid.
4) Growth Justifies the Cost.
5) Renewable Power Needs Smart Grid.
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