Construction Starts on First Smart Grid Neighborhood

By Lee Ho-jeong, published by JoongAng Daily on September 1, 2009

Ground broke yesterday on Korea’s first “smart grid” test bed, a major step in the country’s efforts to build a more efficient, less wasteful power network.

The smart grid test site, located on Jeju Island, is scheduled for completion in 2013, and will control electrical flow to 6,000 households in the nearby village of Gujwa-eup on an experimental basis, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy said yesterday.

A smart grid is an electrical system that uses information technology to maximize the efficiency of power distribution. It’s a significant step up from conventional electrical networks.

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