One hundred and fifty-five thousand meters in ten states are still without power from the grid as a result of storms that occurred at the end of June. The household occupants and business owners relying on these meters sweltered and tallied up the impacts of losses caused by that lack of power. Predictably, there were immediate calls for undergrounding all lines to ensure that future storms do not cause the widespread and lengthy disruptions that occurred in those states and Washington, DC. To do that in the nation’s capital is estimated to cost between $5 million to $15 million per mile. And even undergrounded lines can still suffer disruptions. As noted in last week’s article, we need to think quite differently about how to design and deploy the Smart Grid to gracefully respond to disruptions.