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Sustainable Service, Part 1

posted Jul 27, 2011, 2:57 PM by Andrew McCoy   [ updated Jul 27, 2011, 3:07 PM ]
[The following is an excerpt from a Column in Electrical Contractor Magazine that is written by Fred Sargent, of Sargent Electric and me]

Bell, Edison and you

In a recent keynote address, Robert Catell, chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, characterized the state of the electric grid in a way that he knew his audience could understand. He imagined what would happen if two famous inventors came back to life to view the legacy of their original creations.
“If Alexander Graham Bell returned to earth today, the progress in telecommunications over the last 125 years would be mystifying; a cellphone would be as incomprehensible to him as a phaser from ‘Star Trek.’ But if Thomas Edison came back today, not only would he recognize our electric energy industry technologies, he could probably fix them.”
This sums up a current dilemma of our electrical grid and our industry; the same basic technology now extends nationwide.

Read the full article online in Electrical Contractor Magazine: