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The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved Baltimore Gas & Electric's amended smart grid proposal, so the company will get to keep its $200 million DOE grant for its innovative program.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Innovative startup OPower is focusing on customer engagement and behavior modification to achieve great gains in home energy efficiency.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: Article
OPower's 3 channel approach to energy efficiency.
A new software service from OPower based on behavioral psychology encourages consumers to reduce their power consumption and can result in energy savings of up to 3.5 percent.
Date: 08/26/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Electricity lines.
This opinion piece lays out the importance of consumer education in creating smart grid policy.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Opower energy savings
Utilities and energy efficiency service companies that automatically enroll customers in efficiency programs with an option to "opt-out" see much higher participation rates (and hence, greater efficiency savings) than companies that require consumers to "opt-in."
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog
Telephone pole.
Echelon has announced two products that would allow for energy distribution and demand management beyond utility sub-stations improving efficiency at the neighborhood scale.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
GreenBeat 2010
The GreenBeat Innovation Competition is looking for the freshest, most promising ideas for making the power grid smarter, more efficient, or more potent. Application Deadline is October 21st!
Date: 10/11/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
GE Ecomagination announcement
The 12 winners of GE's Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid include an energy-efficient solar-powered cooling/heating technology, a network-based energy management solution, and energy-efficient electrochromatic windows.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: News
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

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