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What’s the Buzz on Smart Grids? 1) How do smart grids differ from the current electricity infrastructure in Canada? The current electricity infrastructure in Canada is out-of-date. The current infrastructure only provides consumers with energy but it does not allow the consumer to handle the power effectively. The electricity companies provide electricity to consumers but it does not give information on how the energy is being used. This means that a customer may be consuming more energy then they really need without knowing it. This is inefficient due to the fact that consumers are possibly getting more energy than they need, which can lead to high costs for energy and less reliability. The flow of information from the consumer to the electric power source providers is very poor. These providers are not able to help out individual houses if customers have any problems regarding their electricity. Smart grids differ from the current electricity infrastructure because it allows for information about electricity usage to be transferred to the electric power providers allowing them to make decisions on the amount of production a specific household should be getting and how much is being used. Smart grids differ from the current electricity infrastructure in Canada because smart grids consume less energy than the current electricity infrastructure due to the control that the electricity providers would have. Smart grids are designed so that it can provide energy according to how much a specific household uses. Smart grids also have a feature that detects power outages at specific homes, which makes it efficient for these companies to help out these homes individually to get there power back. The current electricity infrastructure does not have these features and the difference is quite significant. 2) What management, organization, and technology issues should

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