“The greatest roadblock to developing smart grids in the US is not high up-front investment, good news when 65 million electric vehicles could be on the road by 2025.” Based on a survey of over 500 qualified industry participants, the top-3 issues are aging infrastructure, reliability and environment.
Moreover, according to the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP), one of the biggest issues associated with Smart Grids is understanding and accepting their concept. This survey determined that:
– 95% of the respondents said that the consumer does not understand the meaning of the term Smart Grid
– Over 75% of the surveyed respondents said Smart Grid technology can be used to significantly lower electricity consumption and electric bills
So even though we can see opinions vary on this subject, the truth probably lies somewhere in between these and others. And since knowledge has been known to be the key to most solutions, we should begin to use education to help educate the public.