Despite promises of environmental benefits and lower costs to consumers, smart meters are running into stiff resistance in some areas where you'd least expect it. Among the concerns: More electromagnetic radiation and loss of privacy.
The emphasis in alternative energy used to be on finding better ways to generate power. Now, it's on finding better ways to conserve energy and make the power grid more efficient. The so-called "smart grid" is key to that goal, and fortunes will be spent -- and made -- on making it a reality.