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While electric cars have the potential to do a lot of good for the air and the environment, they also push utilities toward their limits. This article examines the modifications utility companies will have to make to accommodate the widespread use of electric cars.
Date: 10/18/2012
Type: Article
Residential charging of electric cars may draw more power than local neighborhood grids are set up to handle. The popularity of electric cars in California has led utilities to take steps to accommodate the increase in electric cars on the grid.
Date: 08/20/2013
Type: Article
Due to the variance in many renewable power generation methods, many utilities are looking into energy storage technologies that would store excess solar energy for peak demand times.
Date: 10/02/2009
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
The DOE awards $620 million for smart grid projects and toward testing a range of energy storage technologies.
Date: 11/24/2009
Type: News
Tags: DOE
The Department of Energy launched the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory to ensure that electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations, and smart grid technologies work in unison.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
The Department of Energy's Building Technologies Program launches its latest challenge on Wednesday: an initiative to develop a $100 wireless submeter. The hope is that submeters can help building owners and tenants better understand energy use and help solve the split incentive issue.
Date: 05/06/2013
Type: Article
As utilities face challenges in implementing smart grids, this article discusses a framework to help utilities evaluate, plan, and deploy smart grid information technologies.
Date: 03/11/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Utilities are enlisting major defense firms like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon for help in securing smart grid infrastructure from cyberattacks.
Date: 09/04/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
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
Power generation in the United States relies heavily on water for cooling (coal and nuclear) and energy production (hydro). The switch to renewable energy can drop water consumption by 40%. The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the switch isn't happening fast enough.
Date: 07/31/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities

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