Understanding the “Smart Grid”

Green Living Ideas

With all of the talk about renewable energy becoming “mainstream” as opposed to “alternative” over the course of the Obama years, the United States is rapidly growing its smart grid strategy and infrastructure to efficiently deliver electricity. Understanding the “Smart Grid&#.

DOE Announces Recipients of Smart Grid Stimulus Fund

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ARCADIA, FLORIDA – Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. Applicants state that the projects will create tens of thousands of jobs, and consumers in 49 states will benefit from these investments in a stronger, more reliable grid. million smart meters and other technologies that will cut energy costs for its customers.

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Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition Adds 6 New Members

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The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition ( DRSG ) announced that six companies have joined the trade association and will contribute to its efforts aimed at developing markets for smart grid technologies and smart grid practices like demand response. Tagged: Control4, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, smart grid. Tags: Green Control4 Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition smart grid

Six Myths About the Smart Grid

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If “green&# was the buzzword of 2008, you can bet that “smart grid&# will be the buzzword for 2009 and probably even 2010. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the smart grid and for good reason. Most people didn’t really pay much attention to the regular grid – unless there was a blackout, of course. But with any trend comes hype, myths and gossip – and smart grid news is no different.

Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid

Green Living Ideas

Communications-enabled power grids and power meters–AKA “smart grids&# and “smart meters&# – have been getting lots of attention recently for their ability to accommodate the increasing amount of alternative energy sources coming online. Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid. Understanding the “Smart Grid&#.

Which Utilities Top the Smart Grid Deployment List?

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Christine Richards of IDC Energy Insights published an article in the July/August edition of Intelligent Utility detailing their assessment of which utilities are leading the pack towards a Smart Grid. I personally thinked they missed Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative who aren’t just at the forefront of grid transformation but also leading the charge in consumer education. The result will be one of the most technologically advanced smart grid deployments in the U.S.

ZigBee Alliance & Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition Establish Liaison Agreement

Green Life Smart Life

. Washington, DC – The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition ( DRSG ) and ZigBee Alliance today announced that the two organizations have established a formal liaison agreement between the two groups, making ZigBee a member of DRSG, and linking their efforts to support the Smart Grid.DRSG is the trade association for companies providing technologies, products and services in the demand response and smart grid areas.

The Smart Grid in 2010: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Green Life Smart Life

Such is the problem with the Smart Grid – that buzz word concept being tossed around by cleantech companies in the Bay area to policy analysts in Washington. billion in venture capital was invested in the Smart Grid sector in the last 4 years and $105 million just in the last 2 quarters of 2009. Without a Smart Grid, renewable technologies will remain niche at best.

Texas Utility Chooses Control4 for Smart Grid Deployment

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Serving more than 65,000 members in 14 counties between Austin and Houston, Bluebonnet plans to begin integrating smart grid technology in its members’ homes and businesses by April 2010. Control4 will provide Bluebonnet members with its Energy Management System, which includes a powerful yet intuitive in-home display with a programmable smart thermostat that will give users the usage data and device control necessary to manage energy use and expenses.

National Grid Applies for $200 Million in Stimulus Funding for Largest Collective Smart Grid Project in the Northeast

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National Grid, the nation’s second-largest utility, has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for $200 million in stimulus funding to develop an “end-to-end” smart grid deployment that will include approximately 200,000 customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The smart grid program will provide residential and business customers across the northeast with unprecedented ability to reduce their energy consumption, carbon emissions and utility bills.

Microsoft Makes Play for the Smart Grid with SERA – Smart Energy Reference Architecture

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The Microsoft Smart Energy Reference Architecture (SERA) is Microsoft’s first comprehensive reference architecture that addresses technology integration throughout the full scope of the smart energy ecosystem. As utilities attempt to develop new projects that are funded by national smart grid stimulus programs, they will need sound, tested technologies that help them proceed. platforms to support new smart processes and customer support capabilities.

Smart Grid Coalition Presents Views to House Democratic Caucus on Job Creation and Support for Economic Recovery

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Earlier today, at the invitation of the House Democratic Caucus, representatives of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) presented their views on smart grid development, job creation, and economic recovery to over 200 Members of the House at the body’s annual Issues Retreat. . “The Smart Grid is about jobs,&# said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Tagged: Demand Response, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition, smart grid.

If consumers don’t understand the Smart Grid, can utilities sell it?

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I believe the Smart Grid is an eventuality. I’ve talked to a number of homeowners and I’d like to offer three very different perspectives on what they think the Smart Grid is and what it means to them. When I asked them if they had heard of the Smart Grid they said they had not, when I explained what it was and what it could do and how it could even help them manage their electricity consumption to save money, they thought it sounded great that they could be “green”.

Why Energy Management in the Home Will Be Mainstream

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2009 is certainly the “ Year of the Smart Grid ”, as dubbed by Greentech Media GTM Research but there are many wondering how exactly Smart Grid technology is going to be adopted where arguably it matters most – the customer’s home. In order for utility companies to effectively transform their grid to be smarter and more reliable, they need their customers to participate.

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NIST Releases Long Awaited Standards Report

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology released its draft of standards on Thursday, laying out a roadmap and initial plans for utilities, vendors and service providers to adopt smart grid technology. In May 2009, U.S. The report is a result of phase 1 of the plan and layouts a high-level reference model for the Smart Grid by identifying nearly 80 existing standards currently used to support Smart Grid development.

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GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

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. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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GE, Whirlpool, Others Launch Smart Green Grid Initiative

Green Life Smart Life

. Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) and a number of other companies announced the creation of a new collaborative effort aimed at demonstrating the role of smart grid technologies and practices in the achievement of climate change goals. Called the Smart Green Grid Initiative (SGGI), the effort will include educational events at the upcoming climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

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Control4 Demos Energy Management Solution for Utilities at Autovation

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Denver, CO – Autovation 2009 – Booth 116 – September 15, 2009 – Control4, the leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, introduces the Control4 Energy Management System (EMS) 100 at Autovation 2009. Our products support today’s regulatory requirements to proactively engage the residential consumer by delivering data via the smart grid to facilitate energy efficiency.

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Green Building Perspectives: Control4

Green Life Smart Life

Control4 technology is at the heart of the Green Life Smart Life project, managing all the pieces of home control, entertainment and energy management. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project? Green Life Smart Life is an excellent project to reinforce Control4’s ongoing commitment to bring residential energy management for the home to the mainstream consumer industry.

Israel’s GridON Keeps the Midnight Oil Burning

Green Prophet

We all know from experience that thunderstorms can cause power surges across the electricity grid causing massive blackouts. High energy demands mixed with thunderstorms, solar storms, and the addition of renewables like solar and wind energy to the grid , creates an unpredictable mix of power variables infrastructure companies never had to deal with before. Good for Europe’s Grid. Lebanon Looks to Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Technologies.

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April 15, 2009 Florida Announces World’s First Solar-Powered City

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The community will run entirely on a 75 megawatt, $300 million solar-powered generator, and will also use smart grid technology to let all inhabitants of the community monitor their power consumption. Ingenious, revolutionary Smart Grid technologies will monitor and manage energy use while Smart Home technology will allow residents to operate their homes at maximum efficiency, thereby reducing energy costs.”

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Nokia Smart Home Knowledge and the Vaasa energy cluster meet in a new company – There Corporation

Green (Living) Review

The combination of the Nokia Smart Home team know-how and the Comsel team knowledge of energy grid and metering create an unique and strong basis to start developing new generation energy solutions HELSINKI September 2009 – There corporation will focus on energy saving and efficiency. There corporation provides the platform combining Smart Metering, Smart Home and Smart Grid solutions.

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Wind industry ready to pump 2.5bn GBP direct into UK economy

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10bn GBP ‘shovel-ready’ wind projects could lay foundation for green economy by Michael Smith (Veshengro) BWEA, the UK ’s leading renewable energy business organisation, on April 21, 2009 launched their report on the wind, wave and tidal sector’s contribution towards building a low carbon economy: Powering a Green Economy: Wind, wave & tidal’s contribution to Britain ’s industrial future, just ahead of the Budget Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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The Ten Benefits of Lighting Control

Green Life Smart Life

Smart Meters Mean Real-time Energy Feedback. Lighting control systems are going to be a crucial part of our evolving smart power grid. With the advent of smart meters, which are power meters that provide real-time feedback of energy usage, we will be able to control energy consumption during peak hours. A house or commercial building is no longer a mindless energy drain on the power grid, but a self-regulating node on the smart grid.

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GTR Green Blogger Series: Jennifer Lance of EcoChildsPlay.com

Green Living Ideas

GreenTalk Radio host Sean Daily talks with Founder and Editor of Eco Child’s Play, Jennifer Lance, about a host of green topics, including living off the grid, organic gardening and green parenting. Jennifer lives with her family on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and [.] Five Ways to Store Energy for the Smart Grid.

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Green Power

The Green Changemakers

More Stories Concentrated Solar Power Tidal Energy Smart Grid Offshore Wind Algae Biofuel Carbon Capture and Sequestration Geothermal Lithium-ion Batteries Concentrated Solar Photovoltaic Nuclear Fusion [link]. Here are the green energy ideas that can get us off fossil fuels and cool the climate.

RI’s Governor named the new vice chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition

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transmission, smart grid) for the expansion of wind-energy across the country. Original Article By Providence Business News on September 28, 2009. Donald L. Carcieri is the new vice chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of 28 states dedicated to development of the nation’s wind-energy resources.

Green Building Perspectives: Whirlpool

Green Life Smart Life

Continuing our blog series Green Building Perspectives, posts dedicated to highlighting our esteemed partners here at Green Life Smart Life, this week we feature Whirlpool Corporation. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project to date? Green Life Smart Life is certainly a unique project, and Whirlpool is excited to be a part of it, especially since we have similar goals. The next step in this process is going to be smart grid technology.

Green Building Perspectives: Consumer Electronics Association

Green Life Smart Life

With a focus on energy management, whole-home connectivity and entertainment, the Green Life Smart Life project will be the first case study of the program. What do you think of the Green Life Smart Life Project? The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is excited to support the Green Life Smart Life program as platinum sponsor to highlight how installed home technologies and consumer electronics can help homeowners become more environmentally sustainable.

What Is Cap & Trade: Understanding the Waxman-Markley Climate Bill

Green Life Smart Life

Of course, there are plans for a massive, nationwide smart grid to be implemented, revolutionizing the utility industry and reducing consumption across the board. They’ve tackled bank bailouts, reforming health care and saving the automakers – the U.S. government’s been busy the last few months. But what of global warming? Obama and his team promised to tackle this problem head on. And so it has begun.

Day 4 of Geothermal: What Does a Geothermal System Cost?

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As we look to build a smart grid over the next ten years and increase our renewable energy supplies, geothermal systems will be a key element in making a home comfortable and efficient. We have no wait for our payback period (at least once our 2009 taxes are processed). One of the most popular questions we’ve gotten on the project is what does it cost to go green. Geothermal has proven to be a huge cost savings.

Solar Energy Costs

Living In a Toxic World

Combined with breakthroughs in PV technology, conservation and "smart grids" an alternative energy future looks promising. First Solar has recently announced that it reduced it's cost to $0.98 per watt. They are also close to producing 1 gigawatt of panels per year. Looks like scale and cost reduction are being achieved in the industry. The price of alternative energy is the deal breaker for mass adoption.

Pioneer City 2030: What the Energy System of the Future Looks Like

The Green Changemakers

Smart electric grids that employ digital technology to manage power supply and demand are spreading through long distance transmission and local power distribution. Renewable energy in the form of wind is increasingly cost competitive, and solar is projected to reach grid parity in many parts of the U.S. Energy storage technology has advanced to the point where it is poised for stationary applications in the grid and buildings.

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How to make a city green -- without tearing it down

The Green Changemakers

SMART GRID The power grid that delivers our electricity might be complex, but it’s not too bright. If it were smart, it could communicate with your house, and vice versa. At the city level, a smarter grid could change how power gets consumed, in part by charging more money at high-demand times. You could even sell excess renewable power back to the grid. A few pioneering cities and utilities already have smart grids under way - in Boulder, Colo.,

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What's Next: Residential fuel cells for greener homes

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Present energy requirements are far outweighing what the grids can supply. With the population expanding and humans turning to electronic appliances more than ever before, the stress on grids has been taxing. What is needed is a smart grid power system that can supply electricity to all locations, whether remote or urban and in doing so, ensure that there is no tripping or wastage of power units. As of now, smart grid energy systems exist only in small scales.

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Energy Infrastructure Tops Bill at European Future Energy Forum this October

Green (Living) Review

Leading the discussion will be Philip Lowe, Director-General Energy, European Commission, Nick Winser, Executive Director, National Grid, Dr Chuan Zhang, Programme Manager, The Crown Estate and Fintan Slye, Operations Director, EirGrid all of whom are planning to deliver expert insight on infrastructure developments now and for the future. The stream will look at smart grids, super grids, the challenges of integrating renewables in the grid, carbon capture storage and energy storage.

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Progress in Alternative Power, From National to Global Views

Green Home Blog

Wind and solar will remain above grid parity, in terms of consumer costs, well into the middle of this century. required to expand smart grid pilot projects on a regional level.”. alone, renewable have grown from approximately 68 quadrillion Btu per year (or Quads) to 95 quadrillion in 2011, even adjusting for recession (2007 to 2009). electricity grid – all at the same time!

The Next Decade's Top Sustainability Trends

The Green Changemakers

As musician-turned-bike-rack designer David Byrne observed in his surprise 2009 bestseller Bicycle Diaries, US metro areas in particular might have to be re-engineered completely in some cases to accommodate this massive social transformation: I try to explore some of these towns--Dallas, Detroit, Phoenix, Atlanta--by bike and it's frustrating. By Warren Karlenzig What trends are likely the next ten years?

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Inaugurate Change

The Green Changemakers

WorldChanging Team November 6, 2008 1:15 PM [link] Dear President-Elect Obama, On January 20th, 2009, you will have the opportunity in your inaugural address to speak to the whole world at a moment of grave crisis. Launch a national smart growth campaign, ordering all federal agencies to examine their policies' effects on the built environment and funding only infrastructure projects which stop sprawl and promote compact community and transportation choices.

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

The Green Changemakers

It means closing coal-fired power plants, weaning our economy off fossil fuels, building a smart electrical grid, and making massive investments in carbon-capture and -sequestration technologies. You know what they are: wind farms, concentrated solar power plants, geothermal and tidal power, all feeding an efficient smart grid that, in turn, powers electric vehicles and radically more energy-efficient buildings.