Randy Udall on the Smart GridJanuary 1, 2013
The "Smart Grid" was all the buzz a few years back, and in 2007 Xcel Energy planned to launch the world's biggest project. Boulder was chosen as Xcel's SmartGridCity launching pad. After partners fled, costs ballooned and expectations shrunk, Xcel says it's learned valuable lessons. But critics call SmartGridCity poorly planned, poorly managed and a failed experiment. The Denver Post reported this fall on cost overruns totaling tens of millions of dollars, which will likely be paid by customers. Xcel supplies energy for most of Garfield County and about half of Carbondale.
Energy expert Randy Udall is back on NRG with MG this week to answer Marilyn Gleason's question, What is the Smart Grid?