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Smart Grid: A Smart Idea For America?

Sierra Coughlin is a senior at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Urban Planning. She is a member of IEEE's Society on Social Implications of Technology. Sierra Coughlin places an emphasis on interdisciplinary perspective in regards to renewable energy research and innovation. She strives to develop a career in sustainable development, and continues to examine the philosophy behind the Smart Grid in her academic and professional endeavors.

This research paper will analyze the emerging technological energy system known as the Smart Grid from the perspectives of business and the urban environment. Through researching and analyzing scholarly work of both academic and industry professionals, this paper shall explore the relationship between Smart Grid technologies and business, economic, environmental, governmental, community and educational sectors in order to address the question as to whether investing Smart Grid technologies is beneficial for American citizens.