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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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.

Sustainable Cities: Meeting the Challenge of Rapid Urbanization the Focus of “Planet Under Pressure 2012”

The interrelated social, environmental and economic challenges associated with rapid, growing urbanization is bringing some 3,000 experts from around the world together in…
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Technology for Good: GE’s Journey For Better and More Efficient Light

Second in our GE Technology for Good Series, Leon Kaye explores the company's long journey from incandescent light bulbs to LED technologies that…

Cleantech Accelerator Greenstart Launches Design Practice

many big changes [ in clean-tech] come in the second chapter we are now in, where software and IT will be critical; it's…

Cisco Brings Smart Cities Within Reach

The concept of the smart city is one that holds a lot of promise and potential in terms of how computerized, networked public…

Venture Capital Funding For Smart Grid Dropped Last Year

Venture capital funding for the smart grid sector in 2011 dropped by 50 percent.

10 Green Building Predictions for 2012

These trends, which range from a boom in certified multi-family construction to the advent of consumer friendly home energy technology, were identified by…

Which Companies Pitched Green Products at CES?

Within the cavernous halls at CES 2012 were plenty of energy efficient, “green” and eco-friendly products along with OLED and smart TVs. Panasonic…

Look to College Campuses for Schooling on Nationwide Smart Grid

A nationwide smart grid is in the works but starting to stall out, making the goal of improved energy allocation across the U.S.…
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A Virtual Tour of Commuting’s Future in Korea

One of SK’s futuristic buildings in north Seoul, the T Tower, hosts, or “Ubiquitous Museum.” The tour is part Avatar, part futuristic…
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Green Energy Park a Laboratory for Japan’s Future

The Green Energy Park is where energy storage, solar power and smart grid technologies will provide the next level of not only innovation,…
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Panasonic Bets the House on Solar and Fuel Cells

Panasonic is now determined to become the number one green innovation company in the electronics industry. That vision is on display in a…

Smart Grids Deliver Touted Economic and Environmental Benefits

Smart grids are billed as the hub of a smarter, more sustainable and democratized electricity distribution system, a core element of making a…

Water Infrastructure Monitoring Pioneer TaKaDu Wins Global Cleantech 100 Award

On Tuesday, while Israelis celebrated the release of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held captive in Gaza for five years by Hamas, the…

IBM Joins EcoGrid EU Renewable Energy-Smart Grid Consortium

IBM's signing on as a member of EcoGrid EU, a consortium of companies that is planning a European Union (EU) smart grid that…