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America's first wireless Smart Grid network has been deployed in Plumas-Sierra county, California, using TV White Space spectrum as a means to deliver connectivity.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: Blog
Call center
A recent thesis by an undergraduate at Purdue University found that many utility call centers can’t answer basic questions on the smart grid.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
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
The Pacific Coast Building Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco earlier this month featured several energy efficient products.
Date: 06/30/2010
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
Sprint is investing in smart grid technology to eventually supply utilities with advanced telecommunications products, data services, and secure IT solutions.
Date: 08/12/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Smart Grid

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