What the Climate Bill will mean for the Smart Grid

Posted on October 14, 2009

Referred to by many simply as the “Climate Bill,” the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, sponsored by Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), has sparked such controversy in Congress, you’d almost believe the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

In particular, its potential to establish a cap and trade system for carbon emissions has senators on both sides of the aisle up in arms. Republicans are squarely opposed, and Democrats from industrial states are defecting across party lines, arguing that both emissions trading and renewable energy mandates will place financial burdens on constituencies already battered by the recession. But the national dialogue on the bill has largely neglected its other provisions, including those for the Smart Grid — a top priority for government and utility companies across the country.

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