Will Consumers Win With The Smart Grid?

There’s been an awful lot of hubbub about the smart grid lately. The stimulus bill may have allocated $4.5 billion to a dramatic expansion of the modernized, IT-enabled power grid, but it’s already keeping more than a handful of journalists and PR folks employed. One angle that seems to be getting a lot of play is the impact that smart grid technologies will have out at the ‘edge’ of the network — that is, in consumers’ homes. But how significant is that impact, really?