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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GE’s $200Million Ecomagination Challenge

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, headlined a conference in San Francisco today, announcing three major initiatives that GE is committing to, in order…

GE Holding Press Conference in San Francisco This Morning–Smart Grid and Electric Vehicle Announcement Forthcoming

GE’s ecomagination program–out of the blue two months ago–became a sponsor of the Bay Area Green Business Meetup Group, which I co-chair with…
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850 Utilities Offer Green Energy: Price Parity Approaches

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released a study that found 850 utilities across the United States now offer some form of…

Coalition Forms to Address Consumer’s Smart Grid Concerns

Over the past couple of years, the hype around the coming smart grid and how it would help lower energy consumption, provide better…
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Are Utilities Ready for Smart Meters?

The rollout of the highly touted Smart Grid ran into another buzz saw this week, this time in Texas, when  hundreds of consumers…

Study Shows Bright Green Future for Smart Appliances

A new report from research and consulting firm Zpryme describes the growing field of smart appliances as a tremendous market opportunity. It estimates…

China Now World Leader in Smart Grid Investment

Just imagine if we were only now building our first electric infrastructure. Of course that would mean that we’d be decades behind our…

Will Consumers Get Smart with Smart Meters?

Smart metering, a key element of the so-called Smart Grid, has been touted as a great bright hope that will enable residential electric…

Of Monkyspheres and Microhoods: Collective Urban Living for the 21st Century

by Kurt McCulloch When I was 18 years old, I voluntarily sequestered myself for nine-months on a narrow strip of rugged volcanic coastline…
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Where Were the Electric Utilities on Cyber Monday?

Where Were the Electric Utilities on Cyber Monday? I post this question drawing upon the following two data-points: 1. Almost 100 million Americans…

COP15 Begins: Here Are the Solutions We Need Now

Today marks the start of UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, or COP15 as it’s widely known. A culmination of years of planning,…

A Marketing Challenge for the Electric Utility Industry

“95.6% of households are willing to change their energy consumption behavior to save money on their energy costs.” This finding comes from the…

Smart Grid: Revolution or Revolt?

In the mid-1990’s, while serving as the General Marketing Manager for Georgia Power, I had the honor of managing the team of exceptionally…

EcoFactor and the Truly Smart Grid

Technology works best when it’s least intrusive and does the heavy lifting for you. Apple understands this. And so, it seems, does EcoFactor,…
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SoCal Edison: On Teaming with Titan Automakers, and Sharing Customers

The smart grid is coming! And so are (again, finally) electric cars! Want to know how this makes Ted Craver, the president and…