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A digital grid to the home, secured via a local fiber-optic network, could position utilities to fix power and telecom together.
Fortnightly Magazine - March 2004
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A digital grid to the home, secured via a local fiber-optic network, could position utilities to fix power and telecom together.

Before billions are spent building new transmission lines to ensure reliable electric service, North American electric utilities should evaluate whether the alternatives-controlling demand and fostering distributed generation-might be more cost-effective and broadly beneficial.

DC PSC RFP Technical Consultant for Formal Case (FC) No. 1156

That's what Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) suggested recently when it declared, "Before BPA decides to build a line, we want to make sure we have fully considered whether non-construction alternatives can be used. We want to look at all options, not just traditional construction."1

Two substitutes in particular merit exploration:

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