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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Smart Grids Could Reduce Impact of Hurricanes Like Irene

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., Co-Author, Climate Capitalism Writing this last Saturday afternoon, the nation and the world are warily observing the path and wrath…
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Denmark’s Roadmap for Fossil Fuel Independence

This post is a condensed version of an article in the August issue of The Solutions Journal, based at the Institute for Sustainable…
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Over the past several decades, South Korea has become a pre-eminent developer of technology, ranging from computers and electronics to automobiles. Companies like…
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Southern California Edison’s Journey Towards the Smart Grid

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Geothermal Energy Provides Key to Airport Expansion

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Tendril Networks Demand Response Solution for the Smart Grid

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$130 Million in Federal Funding Available for New Energy Projects

When the BP oil spill happened right around this time last year, Triple Pundit asked if the Obama Administration would deliver on its…
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5 Green Products to Watch in 2011-2012

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Microsoft on Sustainability: How the Cloud Changes Everything

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Report: 2011 to be a Breakthrough Year for Electric Cars

A recent report by Zpryme Smart Grid Insights shows the US poised on the brink of a breakthrough year for both the smart…
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GE Brings Energy Management Home: The Nucleus

If you can imagine this somewhat Jetsonesque scenario where you have a smart meter, like a stock ticker, updating the system on the…
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Coming Soon to a City Near You? The 2012 Ford Focus Electric

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Getting Trendy about the Smart Grid

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Dear Public Sector: FAIL

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Smart Grid’s Long Road Ahead: An interview with Katherine Hamilton

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