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The nation's power grid is being renovated as the country moves towards smart grid technology. The upgrade will facilitate a range of new technologies, from more efficient appliances to solar and wind farms. While it will take decades for the entire grid to wise up, it is already a reality in dozens of cities around the country, as utility companies operate pilot programs to test the technology before rolling out the systems nationwide. Smart meters, which allow consumers to monitor their own electricity usage, are a central component of nearly all such pilot projects.
Here's a look at some places where the smart grid of tomorrow is a reality today.
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