Managing a sprawling electric grid can be costly and wasteful.

To better manage data points over its large geographic service area, the California Independent System Operator –which manages about 85% of California’s electricity–has installed an 80 by 6.5 inch screen in its control room that combines four information sources, overlaid on a Google Earth map, to display real-time information on where transmission lines are located and how and where electricity is being used. Keep reading →