Role of Smart Grids in Building Smart Cities

Role of Smart Grids in Building Smart Cities


Mark Ossel, Board of Director for the OSGP Alliance

Larry Colton, Director – Global Business Development and Marketing at NES

According to a study by the WHO, nearly 54 per cent of the global population resides in cities, which is an increase of 30 per cent since 1950. The urban residents are forecasted to rise to 60 percent of the world population by 2030, adding 2.5 billion more people to urban areas by 2050. With such rapid growth, future cities need to become smart to make judicious use of non-renewable resources and existing infrastructure and mitigate the impact of climate change and global warming.

However, what is a smart city? It is an intelligent metropolitan that employs innovative technologies to enhance the performance of vital local services, including energy, water, transportation, healthcare, waste management, and public safety. The use of various channels of communication and information technology (IT) allows smart cities to effectively address many challenges such as a rapidly expanding population, environmental sustainability, and economic viability to offer a safe, secure and clean environment to its residents.

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