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This post details the many ways in which energy is wasted by industries in the U.S.--and what can happen when they turn that waste into an energy source.
Date: 08/09/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: General Information
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
Utility-scale energy storage.
California's AB 2514, a bill mandating utility-scale energy storage, passes the state Senate, paving the way for viable and cost-effective energy storage systems.
Date: 08/25/2010
Type: News
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
Smart-grid lines.
Smart grid investments are costly and may not always always pay for themselves through utilities' operational cost savings alone. It is of great importance to factor in the benefits to consumers and society at large and to make sure consumers understand these benefits.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
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

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