IBM's North Carolina Smart Grid Trial Shaves Power

Posted by Martin LaMonica on September 21, 2009

By connecting a home to the smart grid, all major appliances and HVAC can be managed by a program, which tracks energy use. The consumer can then view personalized reports on their energy use and determine where they are wasting the most.

Data from a smart-grid pilot project which uses smart meters and wireless appliance controllers shows that such a system can cut electricity use by 15 percent on average.

IBM and Consert have been running the project in Fayetteville, N.C., for the last six months and published the initial findings on Monday. On Tuesday, the GridWeek conference on the smart grid is scheduled to begin in Washington D.C.



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