I was listening to a podcast episode a few days about the complexities and challenges of modernizing the US electrical grid(s) to meet the changing needs for power and deliver it more efficiently.

It sounds like a really great idea in theory, but I can’t help but imagine all the ways such a system could go wrong. Smart meters, more complex routing and switching, more efficient use of line capacity, lots more interconnection and dependencies between the various systems… it sounds like a lot of new place and ways for things to break and fail in unexpected ways. It also seems like a situation that introduces a lot more vulnerabilities to bad actors and troublemakers.