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The authors describe an approach for how to design an essentially more scalable, flexible and resilient electric power infrastructure - one that encourages efficient use, integrates local generation, and manages demand through omnipresent awareness of energy availability and use over time. They are inspired by how the Internet has revolutionized communications infrastructure, by pushing intelligence to the edges while hiding the diversity of underlying technologies through well-defined interfaces. Any end device is a traffic source or sink and intelligent endpoints adapt their traffic to what the infrastructure can support. Their challenge is to understand how these principles can be suitably applied in formulating a new information-centric energy network for the 21st Century.
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