El Niño is back. Every few years, he returns around Christmas (hence, the name “El Niño”) to bring wacky moisture patterns, storms of wild proportion and just general weather havoc. And, unfortunately, there’s one bit of infrastructure distinctly vulnerable to such weather havoc—namely, the poles, wires and outside structures of power’s T&D system.
The smart home promises tremendous advantages in comfort, convenience and control. Sadly, most of today’s smart homes aren’t as, well, smart as we’d like. My house is among the smartest homes in my neighborhood, but let’s just say if it were a high school senior it wouldn’t be getting any scholarships to Harvard.