A power outage that lasted 34 minutes during Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast highlights the need for upgraded infrastructure and shows the value the smart grid could deliver to the U.S., not only in terms of lights but in security and financial viability, experts say. Almost every aspect of our economy is touched by electricity, from banking to hospitals to world markets,” said Susan Tierney, a member of a National Research Council. "The worst case scenario could be devastating," she said.

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