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If a Linux Foundation effort succeeds, the next-generation power grid will be based on open source tools using commodity software and hardware. That software-defined approach is promoted as encouraging joint development and investment while helping to pry open the black boxes that underpin today’s decidedly closed and overburdened power grids.

The foundation’s power initiative, LF Energy, seeks to apply open-source principles that have transformed other industries to the monolithic and moribund electricity generation and transmission sector.

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Andrew Bringaze