Last week, a powerful “derecho” storm hammered the mid-Atlantic region, snuffing out power during the peak of a sweltering heat wave for nearly a week in some homes. Days later, our science correspondent Miles O’Brien traveled to Austin, Tex. to look at a neighborhood that operates on a smart grid. That means it’s much less prone to losing power – and A.C. – during a mass outage.
The neighborhood, with its 300 homeowners, is built on the site of the old Mueller airport near Austin. It is part of the Pecan Street project – a four-year-old non profit with a goal of deploying smart-grid technology.