Increasing infrastructure spending has been in the news a lot lately, and that’s good, because the electric grid in the United States suffers from multiple issues, including inefficiency and high cost. Smart technologies have been touted to solve these and other operational difficulties. Yet, a shift can bring its own problems as well. Mixing power delivery with digital technologies opens up the possibility of disruptions caused by malicious entities like hackers. But a smart – and safe – electric grid could help reduce emissions by 58% and help save nearly 50 billion dollars every year.