(OilPrice) Even as the demand for electricity grows, new guidelines could help improve power grid reliability and reduce electricity cost, researchers say.

President Obama, in this year’s State of the Union address, talked about the future of energy and mentioned “self-healing power grids”—a grid that is able to keep itself stable during normal conditions and also to self-recover in the event of a disturbance caused, for example, by severe weather.

“A Nation Forsaken” reveals that the U.S. power grid is far more fragile than you Americans imagine.

But as the national power-grid network becomes larger and more complex achieving reliability across the network is increasingly difficult. Now scientists have identified conditions and properties that power companies can consider using to keep power generators in the desired synchronized state and help make a self-healing power grid a reality.

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