The Smart Grid got a shout out on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night, with guest Al Gore touting it as one of the vital developments that will make renewable energy generation possible.
Calling it the “Super Grid,” Gore explained that new, more efficient modes of energy transmission are needed to carry renewable energy from where it is optimally generated to where electricity is used. He tapped solar as his prime example, explaining that enough sunlight falls on the earth in one hour to power the entire world for a year — if only we can harness it in the sunniest regions and distribute it to where it’s needed.
The U.S.’s current grid costs the government $200 billion to maintain every year, Gore said, which has been a prime motivator for both Democrats and Republicans to work toward its replacement.
Stewart riffed on the Super Grid terminology, saying “I need a grid that can fly and shoot lasers out of its eyes.”
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Here’s the full Gore interview from last night’s episode. You can hear the Super Grid banter toward the end of Part 1.