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It’s easy to take electricity for granted. The modern life would not be possible without it. To keep it going, we need more efficient ways to manage electricity. This is the smart grid, explained by Common Craft.

For over 100 years, coal and other fusel fuels have been used by power plants to produce the electricity we use every day. The grid is the network of power lines and substations that carry the electricity from power plants to homes and businesses. Today, the grid has problems. It needs updating and is running at capacity. When power lines break or power plants can’t produce enough power, blackout can occur. And that’s a problem that can cause fatalities. At the same time, today’s grid often relies on a single power source and doesn’t provide detail information on usage, making electricity difficult to manage. To address this problem in the past, we simply built new power plants.

But now, we can work towards
sustainability and reduce our dependence on fusel fuels by using a smarter grid. Here is how.


The smart grid means adding sensors and software to the existing grid that would give utilities and individuals new information that would help them understand and react to changes quickly. Let’s say a tree falls on a power line and 1000 homes lose power.

With the current grid, utility employees often physically reroute power, which takes time. With the smart grid, sensors and software would detect and immediately route the power around the problem, limiting the issue to fewer homes.

And there is more. The price of the electricity changes throughout the day. But we can’t see it with the current meters on our homes. It may be expensive during the peak hours and cheap late at night. With a new smart meter at your home, you can set your dishwasher to run when power is cheap. This provides more control of your energy bill, and helps prevent blackouts at peak hours.

The smart grid also means new ways to use renewable energy. Power generation can now be distributed across multiple sources, so the system is more stable and efficient. It’s disability to communicate and manage electricity that makes the grid smarter, and helps us avoid burning more fusel fuels in the future. The smart grid is still a few years away. But soon we will be able to manage our energy bill, help the environment and help the economy by making more informed
decisions about how we use electricity.
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1# jessiyear

我听到这句“It's disability to communicate ------ that

我就看不懂了,看了您整理后的原文,才恍然大悟

it's ability to ---- that 才符合原文意思和语法表达,是“强调句型”!!!!

谢谢啊!!!

不甚感激!!!!!!
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1# jessiyear

我查到的生词,供参考
1.
Common Craft
一个机构,专门通过简短简洁的视频解释一个复杂的学术性问题;简短解说视频

2.
take sth/sb for granted
(因习以为常而)不把---当回事

3.
smart grid
智能电网

4.
craft
手艺,工艺;技能,技艺;诡计,手腕,骗术;小船,船;飞行器,飞机,航天器,宇宙飞船,航天飞机

5.
fossil fuels
化石燃料

6.
at (full) capacity
(由指工厂)开足马力生产

7.
power line 输电线,电源线,电力线

8.
substation
变电站,变电所

9.
fatality
(疾病的)致命性;(事故或战争中的)死亡;宿命,听天由命;天数

10.power source
动力源

11.address
解决

12.work towards
努力达成(目标),设法完成;致力于

13.sustainability (对自然资源和能源的)合理利用,可持续性
14.
reduce one’s dependence on 减少(某人)对(某事物)的依赖性

15.
sensor
(探测光、热、压力等的)传感器,敏感元件,探测设备

16.
utility
公用事业;实用,效用,有用;(计)应用程序,实用程序,公用程序

17.
individuals

18.
route
按某路线发送

19.
reroute
改变------的路线

20.
physically
按自然规律,按自然法则,根本上

21.
around
从那边,在那边,到那边;绕过

22.
limit---to---
使(某事只在某地或某群体内)存在(或发生)

23.
smart meter 智能计量表(电表)

24.
energy bill 电费账单

25.
renewable
可更新的,可再生的,可恢复的;可延长有效期的,可展期的,可续订的

26.
still a few years away
很长一段路要走;持续一段时间

27.
informed decisions
知情决策;明智决定(指获得各种详细信息后所做出的)决策

28.
late at night 深夜

29.
throughout the day 整天,终日
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