Posted on July 3, by energyskeptic [ When Trucks stop running, civilization ends. Trucks are not only vulnerable to running out of liquid fuels, they also depend on micro-chips i. The less dependent the electric power system is on computers, micro-controllers and processors, and SCADA , the more resilient, easy to repair, and less vulnerable to cyber attacks the power system will be. The electric grid is already complicated enough, with 9, generation plants, , miles of transmission lines, and dozens of squabbling entities running it. The Smart Grid will dramatically increase the dependency of the electric grid on microprocessors, and turn the electric system into a giant computer that will monitor itself, optimize power delivery, remotely control and automate processes, and increase communications between control centers, transformers, switches, substations, homes, and businesses.