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Video: engaging the consumer
This video session brings together leading experts from around the globe who will reveal the most recent research findings along with lessons learned from real-life deployments as they discuss and debate winning strategies for making the consumer actually ask for a smart grid.
Date: 10/20/2010
Type: Video
Technologies: Smart Grid
The Department of Energy has the task of allocating more than $4 billion among hundreds of utilities for smart grid implementation. The federal grants aim to modernize the nations aging electricity grid.
Date: 09/18/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Smart grid policy standards got some attention during the final hours of the Copenhagen climate conference with representation from smart grid companies speaking to delegates.
Date: 12/17/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change, Smart Grid
Tres Amigas LLC, the partnership planning a superconducting, direct-current transmission hub to connect the Texas, Eastern and Western U.S. grids, has raised $12 million. There are many wind farms and solar power that could use this new hub.
Date: 01/03/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
GE's new charging station.
Technology Review's latest list of cool new products includes an electric vehicle charger for the smart grid and low-cost solar.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, Photos
smart meter
This blog entry provides a nice overview of today's electricity and transmission grid -- and tomorrow's "smarter" version. It includes primers on advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, grid optimization and energy storage.
Date: 11/18/2010
Type: Blog
The smart grid is gaining momentum fast as $4.5 billion in grants is issued in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Date: 07/23/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Advances in higher-voltage power electronics could usher in a new distribution grid architecture, underpinning the future smart grid.
Date: 05/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News

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