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 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

Ford has identified the markets it will target with its debut fleet of Focus Electrics, which is slated for release in just over…

Getting Trendy about the Smart Grid

Most of the time a trend or two should suffice, but when there is ten of them on the same subject, in this…
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Dear Public Sector: FAIL

By Brandon Tidwell My eight year-old niece has adopted a new term: fail. It’s a definitive way to tell someone they didn’t measure…

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

By Amy Hsuan The nation’s electric power industry, dating back to the 19th century, is in the early phases of an unprecedented change.…
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Funding and Industry Collaboration Vital in Developing Smart Grid Workforce of the Future

With the world at large racing ahead to find innovative solutions to increase energy efficiency, including the push for smart grid technologies, will…
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Green Jobs in the Rapidly Growing Smart Grid Space

Consultant company KEMA published a white paper in 2008 that predicted that federal and state smart grid incentives of $16B would be leveraged…

CEO Suggests Duke Energy Could be Amazon of Utilities

Duke Energy’s CEO, Jim Rogers, imagines utilities like Duke transforming their business models so that they become analogous to those of Amazon.com’s and…
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V2G: Vehicle to Grid Will Change the Whole Energy Picture

Imagine this scenario. You pull into the parking lot at work. After locking up your car, you connect up to the meter for…
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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…
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