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  1. -04-18-08 Improving Grid Efficiency (
      "Electric utilities aren't exactly a model of efficiency — but it's not all their fault. Industry regulations require them to generate considerably more electricity than consumers actually use outside of peak times, which means much of that energy gets wasted. The result is a dumb, extravagant grid. But GridPoint changes that. The company — which its CEO likes to call 'TiVo for energy' — provides smart batteries that keep track of and regulate your home electricity supply. If you receive too much — which might happen if you're also using your own solar panels — GridPoint's battery will store the excess power for later, just like TiVo will saves your Family Guy reruns. GridPoint makes the grid smart — and that's a sustainable idea in an energy-constrained world." 04-08

  1. An Introduction to Smart Grids (Department of Energy)
      Provides an introduction.

  2. Smart Grids ("A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology with two-way communications to control appliances at consumers' homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. It overlays the electrical grid with an information and net metering system."

    "Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence, global warming and emergency resilience issues. Smart meters may be part of a smart grid, but alone do not constitute a smart grid."

    "The smart grid is made possible by applying sensing, measurement and control devices with two-way communications to electricity production, transmission, distribution and consumption parts of the power grid that communicate information about grid condition to system users, operators and automated devices, making it possible to dynamically respond to changes in grid condition."
  3. Smart Grids FAQ (
      "President Obama has called for the installation of 40 million smart meters and 3,000 miles of transmission lines. That means 2009 could be the year that we finally start seeing real attention being paid to “Power Grid 2.0” — basically turning the electrical grid of the 60s and 70s into a modern network that uses microprocessors and software to work efficiently and to connect to renewable energy generation."


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