Nick Broskey likes to call the U.S. power grid "the most complex machine ever made -- but never designed."
The grid encompasses massive legacy infrastructure, owned and operated by a patchwork of power companies. It's subject to extensive levels of regulation, and is expected to be reliable 24 hours a day without a hiccup. And the industry is only going to get more complex, says Broskey, senior business systems analyst for OnDemand Energy Solutions, an energy broker in Moon Township, Pa., as solar and wind seek to join in.
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