smart grid

Smart grid technology enables suppliers & consumers to better monitor energy needs. Up until now, utility companies have had very little insight into the energy demands of their consumers and therefore they have not been prepared for peak energy consumption, which results in blackouts.
Smart grid is a two-way communication between the consumer & supplier providing “smarter” energy supply. In some cases, it allows utility companies to control appliances at consumers’ homes, and to empower consumers to control their electricity consumption. This could save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability.
It is envisioned to overlay the ordinary electrical grid with an information and net metering system that includes smart meters. This technology is being promoted as a way of addressing energy independence, climate change and emergency resilience issues.

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Firms Raise $56 Million to Boost Smart Energy Storage

The capital infusion is the largest to date in a nascent, growing intelligent energy storage market that's expected to see 40 GWs of…
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7-Eleven, Avis, Walgreens Reduce Peak Power Demand For Big Energy Savings

Capitalizing on rising peak power demand charges and new battery storage mandates, Green Charge Networks' GreenStation platform is generating big returns.
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Joule Assets Sees Outsized Returns Investing in Negawatts

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What Does Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles Mean for the Grid?

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Ontario Ramps Up Smart Grid Investment as Coal is Phased Out

With the launch of the Smart Grid Fund, Ontario is on course to rival technology hubs such as Silicon Valley and Korea.
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Why Home Automation Systems are at the Forefront of Energy Savings

As energy prices rise and incomes are stagnant, home automation systems will be a more enticing investment as their efficiency improves and costs…
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Smart Buildings: Residential, Commercial and Industrial

Smart buildings include energy efficiency upgrades, such as "smart" HVAC systems that communicate more information to energy consumers, providers and technicians, resulting in…

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What is a Smart Meter?

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The Pros and Cons of Energy Storage Systems

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Big Coal Blames Super Bowl Blackout on Renewables

Peabody Chairman and CEO Gregory Boyce claimed that “Without coal, you might as well turn off half the lights not just for our…
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Ending India’s Massive Power Grid Outages

Massive Blackout in India - 700 Million with No Power - One More Example of Why Renewable Energy and Smart Grid’s Time has…
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Romney Energy Plan a Massive Pipeline Dream

Mitt Romney released his energy plan today, and touted it as an ambitious agenda to free the United States completely off of overseas…
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Wind Power Production Record Set in Colorado

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DOE Seeks Plug and Play Solar Power in Five Years

U.S. Department of Energy launches $25 million, 5-year initiative to get low cost plug-and-play solar system into the mass consumer market.