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  • 'Green Technology' Making Power Grid More Vulnerable to Hackers

    07/02/2014 8:08:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | unknown
    Making the electricity grid greener is boosting its vulnerability to computer hacking, increasing the risk that spies or criminals can cause blackouts. Adding wind farms, solar panels and smart meters to the power distribution system opens additional portals through which hackers can attack the grid, according to computer security experts advising governments and utilities. Where traditionally the grid took power from a few sources, it’s now absorbing it from thousands.
  • Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

    12/25/2013 6:35:37 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12/24/2013 | Susan Jones
    The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand. “Smart grid” technology involves a wireless, two-way flow of information between individual homes and the power plant. This allows the utility to charge more for electricity, depending on when it is used; and it enables the utility to manage energy for the consumer, to reduce the impact on the grid.
  • NY law requires collecting old thermostats

    12/22/2013 5:07:31 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 63 replies
    Associated Press via Fox ^ | Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:36 PM EST | Staff
    <p>ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law requiring manufacturers of thermostats with mercury to collect their old temperature controls in an effort to keep mercury out of the environment.</p> <p>The measure requires they establish collection programs and in 2015 start filing annual reports on collections.</p>
  • EPA Wants Gov't To Control How Cold Your Beer Can Be

    07/05/2013 4:10:25 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 113 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: No longer the stuff of science fiction, a little-noticed change in energy-efficiency requirements for appliances could lead to government controlling the power used in your home and how you set your thermostat. In a seemingly innocuous revision of its Energy Star efficiency requirements announced June 27, the Environmental Protection Agency included an "optional" requirement for a "smart-grid" connection for customers to electronically connect their refrigerators or freezers with a utility provider. The feature lets the utility provider regulate the appliances' power consumption, "including curtailing operations during more expensive peak-demand times." So far, manufacturers are not required to include the...
  • EVs could collapse the grid, PJM warns east coast

    06/05/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Smart Grid News ^ | 6/5/12 | Unattrib
    A forum hosted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to explore potential impacts of alternative fuel vehicles on critical infrastructure heard a good news, bad news scenario from the CEO of the PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator. PJM CEO Terry Boston told the forum that with smart grid controls in place and re-charging properly synchronized between midnight and 7 a.m., the electric distribution system could accommodate 25 million EVs, according to coverage of the forum in the Philadelphia Inquirer. But without those controls, the scenario will look a lot different, Boston warned. "If all of those came home at...
  • NBC Worried About Romney Hanging Around With NBC Star Donald Trump

    05/29/2012 2:55:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    News Buster.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kyle Drennan
    In an astonishing display of hypocrisy, NBC News repeatedly decried Mitt Romney using celebrity businessman Donald Trump to fundraise for his campaign. This is the same Donald Trump who hosts NBC reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice and who routinely appears on the Today show to promote those programs, including just last week. On Tuesday's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander declared that Trump "causes heartburn for some in the Republican Party because of his insistence on renewing questions about where the President was born." He later wrapped up his report by parroting Obama campaign talking points: "The Obama campaign...
  • Hacking Expert David Chalk Joins Urgent Call to Halt Smart Grid

    04/17/2012 4:07:43 PM PDT · by vanilla swirl · 19 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | April 12, 2012
    “We're in a state of crisis,” said Chalk. “The front door is open and there is no lock to be had. There is not a power meter or device on the grid that is protected from hacking - if not already infected - with some sort of trojan horse that can cause the grid to be shut down or completely annihilated.” “One of the most amazing things that has happened to mankind in the last 100 years is the Internet. It's given us possibility beyond our wildest imagination. But we also know the vulnerabilities that exist inside of it. And...
  • Baking the Smart Grid Books: Study Estimates Costs and Benefits

    09/17/2011 10:58:30 AM PDT · by dila813 · 21 replies
    Forbes Business ^ | 4/17/2011 @ 8:43PM | William Pentland
    The U.S. electric grid was not designed to meet the increased demands of a restructured electricity marketplace, the energy needs of a digital society or the increased use and variability of renewable power production. For these reasons, we call today’s power grid “dumb.” Conversely, we call the anti-dote to this stupidity the “smart grid.” This “smart grid” will ensure high levels of reliability, enhance economic productivity and reduce the environmental impact of producing electricity, according to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
  • Smart Grid to Track Internet, TV and Ice Cube Use(numerous links on original posting)

    05/14/2011 6:49:57 AM PDT · by radioone · 12 replies
    P/Oed Patriot ^ | 5-13-11 | P/Oed Patriot
    Everyday you go through your usual routine. You wake up to the alarm, take a hot shower, cook breakfast and drive to work. Then at the end of your day you drive home, cook dinner and try to relax by surfing the Internet or watching TV before you go to sleep and do it all again tomorrow. Many of us take it for granted that our daily routine is a private ritual, that no one else on the face of the earth is aware of exactly what we are doing at any one time in the privacy of our own...
  • Xcel wins right to charge for SmartGrid City ( CO )

    10/29/2010 10:14:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | October 28, 2010 | Cathy Proctor
    An administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has approved Xcel Energy Inc.’s SmartGrid City project, and will allow the utility to charge Colorado customers $44.5 million to cover costs associated with the project. In his ruling, Adams said Xcel must keep information obtained from customers using the Smart Grid system private, and the utility must track intellectual property or patent rights that rise from the project. When Xcel launched SmartGrid City in March 2008, the utility billed the project as a $100 million test of various technologies that would upgrade the electricity grid in Boulder. Xcel thought...
  • Mason PUD 3/BPA Smart Grid Project Will Let Wind Farms “Talk” To Appliances

    08/13/2010 10:46:27 AM PDT · by epithermal · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Mason County PUD ^ | Mason County PUD
    When the wind blows, water heaters fire up Mason County PUD No. 3 and the Bonneville Power Administration and announced today that they are partnering on a smart grid pilot project to help manage the electricity grid and use wind power more effectively. The project address two fundamental bottlenecks in the power grid; congestion during times of high power use and the imbalance created when more wind-powered energy is being generated than is being used. “Homeowners who choose to participate in this pilot project can help the region ease strain on the region’s electrical system,” said Bonneville Power’s Smart Grid...
  • Security Vulnerabilities of Smart Electricity Meters

    07/29/2010 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Palter · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Schneier on Security ^ | 29 July 2010 | Bruce Schneier
    "Who controls the off switch?" by Ross Anderson and Shailendra Fuloria. Abstract: We're about to acquire a significant new cybervulnerability. The world's energy utilities are starting to install hundreds of millions of 'smart meters' which contain a remote off switch. Its main purpose is to ensure that customers who default on their payments can be switched remotely to a prepay tariff; secondary purposes include supporting interruptible tariffs and implementing rolling power cuts at times of supply shortage. The off switch creates information security problems of a kind, and on a scale, that the energy companies have not had to face...
  • The Smart Grid Trojan Horse (Planted by the Green Movement)

    06/23/2010 7:05:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/23/2010 | By W. Grant Ellis
    Perhaps you've heard of the Smart Grid initiative. Perhaps you understand that the goal of the initiative is to improve and modernize the nation's power transmission and distribution networks. Maybe your electric utility has even installed a Smart Meter at your home or business. What you probably don't know is that the Smart Grid movement is the Trojan Horse of the green agenda, a step toward Cap & Trade. Since the time of grid pioneer Samuel Insull, the goal of utilities everywhere has been to balance generation capacity against electrical demand to ensure system integrity. Curiously, this goal is shared in...
  • Glenn Beck- The Fannie Mae Patent You Should Know About..

    06/18/2010 2:49:36 PM PDT · by amabokcarab · 33 replies · 1,019+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 17, 2010 | Glenn Beck
    Why does Fannie Mae, a government mortgage finance company, have a patent on a device that would allow the government to turn off the energy in your home whenever they want to? The device is put into the outlets in your home and cannot be removed without a special device. Love him or hate him, Glenn Beck and his staff have possibly uncovered something big with this..if cap-and-trade passes, this could be what is coming our way..Among those helping with this investigation is Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvM4tjNnQIo
  • AP source: Spies compromised US electric grid (Flashback, 2009)

    06/07/2010 3:14:46 PM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies · 86+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 4/8/2009 | JORDAN ROBERTSON and EILEEN SULLIVAN
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in key pieces of national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday. The intrusions were discovered after electric companies gave the government permission to audit their systems, the ex-official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. [Snip] "The vulnerability may be bigger than we think," the official said, adding that the level of sophistication necessary to pull off such...
  • FCC's Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid...

    03/25/2010 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 684+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Thursday, March 25, 2010 | By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
    "FCC’s Broadband Plan Sets Groundwork for National Smart Grid To Transition To More Green Energy Use: Electric Cars, Solar Panels" SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) – The National Broadband Plan, recently published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would lay the groundwork for the federal government to establish a nationwide “smart” electrical grid that would change how Americans use and pay for electricity, affecting such things as homes and transportation with battery-powered cars. The proposal, published March 16, outlines the federal government’s plan to use the nation’s broadband Internet infrastructure to further key national policy goals, including health care, education, and energy. The...
  • Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy?

    03/03/2010 3:55:49 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 15 replies · 758+ views
    The August Review ^ | March 2, 2010 | Patrick Wood
    Sustainable consumption? Reconfiguring businesses, infrastructure and institutions? What do these words mean? They do not mean merely reshuffling the existing order, but rather replacing it with a completely new economic system, one that has never before been seen or used in the history of the world. This paper will demonstrate that the current crisis of capitalism is being used to implement a radical new economic system that will completely supplant it. This is not some new idea created in the bowels of the United Nations: It is a revitalized implementation of Technocracy that was thoroughly repudiated by the American public...
  • AEP Picks Northland for 'Smart Meters' Project (Columbus, OH)

    02/09/2010 6:58:05 AM PST · by Kimberly GG · 14 replies · 395+ views
    ThisWeek Community News ^ | 1/13/10 | KEVIN PARKS
    "The diversity of the Northland area is why the conglomeration of neighborhoods was chosen for an AEP Ohio demonstration project that calls for the installation of 110,000 "smart meters." The meters not only enable the company to bill customers for their power usage, but could allow customers to control the amount of their bill. An AEP customer service representative gave a presentation on the "gridSMART" project at last week's meeting of the Northland Community Council. Virtually all of the Northland area was included in the pilot program that covers 150 square miles and encompasses parts of Columbus, Gahanna, Whitehall, Bexley,...
  • Cap & Tax for North Little Rock (ICLEI Mayor Pat Hayes forces "smart grid")

    02/05/2010 7:56:38 PM PST · by pulaskibush · 11 replies · 703+ views
    Little Rock Immigration Examiner | 020510 | me
    Cap & Tax for North Little Rock Some more video of the North Little Rock Council Meeting and the decision of Ward 3.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPPfNzmangk _________________________________ On January 11th, the North Little Rock City Council approved R10-01, the Integrated Resource Plan to be implemented immediately. A presentation was made by Mike Russ of the North Little Rock Electric Department. The presentation was made quickly and had no handouts for the public, but there were slides of their plan shown at the meeting. The plan involves creating a "smart grid" adding "smart meters" "programs to control powerload", and ways NLR can "reduce it's...
  • NIST team demystifies utility of power factor correction devices (Useless)

    12/17/2009 7:57:09 AM PST · by decimon · 15 replies · 683+ views
    If you've seen an Internet ad for capacitor-type power factor correction devices, you might be led to believe that using one can save you money on your residential electricity bill. However, a team including specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have recently explained* why the devices actually provide no savings by discussing the underlying physics. The devices—sometimes referred to as Amp Reduction Units or KVARs**—are touted as good investments because they reduce the amount of current drawn from power lines while simultaneously providing the necessary amount of current to appliances inside the house. Though engineers elsewhere...
  • Obama Putting $3.4B Toward a 'Smart' Power Grid

    10/27/2009 6:34:09 AM PDT · by RDasher · 24 replies · 863+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/27/2009
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is giving a jolt to the futuristic "smart" electric grid, hoping to more quickly bring America's power transmission system into the digital age. President Barack Obama, during a visit to a solar energy facility in Arcadia, Fla., is announcing Tuesday that he is making available $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the power grid. The projects include installing "smart" electric meters in homes, automating utility substations, and installing thousands of new digital transformers and grid sensors.
  • Obama to announce smart grid plans

    10/27/2009 5:40:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 81 replies · 1,672+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/27/2009 | Lisa Lerer
    President Barack Obama will announce a $3.4 billion investment of stimulus funds to modernize the electric grid at an event in Arcadia, Fla., Tuesday, administration officials said. One-hundred private companies, utilities, manufacturers, cities and others will receive grants of between $400,000 and $200 million to help build a nationwide "smart energy grid" that will cut costs for consumers and make the nation's electrical system more reliable. The grants are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs - the administration did not say exactly how many - and also lay down the infrastructure to create a new renewable energy industry,...
  • US government releases smart grid framework

    09/29/2009 2:59:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 1,518+ views
    SMART METERS.com ^ | Saturday, 26 September 2009 16:27 | n/a
    A 90-page document released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released on September 24 proposes 77 standards for smart grid development. The report also detailed 14 areas that the government agency will prioritize in order to facilitate development. Utilities, regulators, and vendors have been waiting for this release from the NIST. The report details specific standards that utilities and developers will be expected to meet in their smart grid deployment. The institute will continue working on cybersecurity standards which should be released by the end of the year. The NIST began working on a set of standards...
  • Electric grid still very vulnerable to electromagnetic weaponry

    08/03/2009 9:34:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,555+ views
    Science News ^ | July 23rd, 2009 | Janet Raloff
    Electromagnetic pulse is hardly a household term. But perhaps it should be. Every computer we buy, every system we turn over to computer control, every device that relies on electronic components — all cars, TVs and phones, for instance — makes us more vulnerable to such a high-energy rain of electrons. EMP is a powerful and potentially devastating form of electromagnetic "fallout." It’s usually associated with nuclear weapons, although it can be triggered by any major explosive bursts. Unlike radioactive fallout, this rain won’t directly harm living things. It will just catastrophically fry all electronics and modern electrical systems by...
  • Smart Grids Should Get A Spark From Federal Stimulus Package

    06/05/2009 4:20:46 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies · 606+ views
    yahoo! ^ | 6/4/2009 | J. Bonasia
    Cisco Systems' gear powers much of the Internet, but the company last month made a move to also play a central role in a market it says might be 100 times bigger -- smart grids. Cisco's not alone. The building of smart grids will be a multitrillion-dollar opportunity for tech companies, industry observers say. The first billions are already starting, thanks in part to the federal stimulus package. Smart grids combine networked sensors with software to run systems for electricity, transportation, fuel and water. Inexpensive sensors transmit data over computer networks to do such tasks as reduce energy usage and...
  • 'Smart grid' buzz of power industry

    06/07/2009 7:10:43 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 12 replies · 694+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/7/09 | H. Josef Hebert
    Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet. More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity-distribution system, an aging spider web of power lines, is poised to move into the digital age. The "smart grid" has become the buzz of the electric-power industry, at the White House and among members of Congress. President Obama says it's essential to boost development of wind and solar power, get people to use less energy and tackle climate change. What smart-grid visionaries see coming are home thermostats and individual appliances that adjust automatically based on the cost of power, and...
  • .`Smart grid' — power lines move into digital age

    06/06/2009 10:53:13 PM PDT · by maine-iac7 · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6 June 2009 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    What smart grid visionaries see coming are home thermostats and appliances that adjust automatically depending on the cost of power; where a water heater may get juice from a neighbor's rooftop solar panel; and where on a scorching hot day a plug-in hybrid electric car charges one minute and the next sends electricity back to the grid to help head off a brownout
  • Smart energy meters in every UK home by 2020

    05/12/2009 9:15:30 AM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 579+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 11, 2009 | Adam Vaughan
    Consumers to benefit from savings achieved through increased awareness of energy use but householders likely to pick up some of the costs of the compulsory, nationwide scheme Every home in the UK must be fitted with a "smart meter" by 2020 to reduce energy use and pave the way for a low-carbon "smart grid", under plans unveiled by the government today. The new meters will send information on real-time electricity and gas use in households and small businesses direct to utility companies, eliminating the need for customers to stay at home for meter readings or to receive over-estimated bills. However,...
  • Get Smart: GE, FPL Announce ‘Biggest’ Smart Grid Deal in Miami

    04/20/2009 6:26:55 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 8 replies · 659+ views
    WSJ-Environmental Capital Blog ^ | Apr 20, 2009 | Keith Johnson
    As promised, General Electric wants to give the scarecrow some brains by building a smarter electric grid. The first stop is Miami, where GE, Florida Power & Light, Cisco Systems, and Silver Spring Networks will roll out a $200 million overhaul of the electric grid for 1 million Miami homes and businesses over the next two years. SNIP What will Miami’s smart grid do, exactly? The whole power grid, from power plants to wall sockets, will be put on an Internet footing. That will let the power company—FPL—get a better handle on how electricity flows through its system and better...
  • The Smart Grid's Next Step: Winning Over Consumers (worries over 'Big Brother' aspect of utilities)

    04/20/2009 10:05:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 1,387+ views
    Business Week ^ | 4/19/2009 | Josie Garthwaite
    Given the potential inconvenience and 'Big Brother' aspect of utilities controlling home appliances, it's time to convince energy users. "The smart grid means many things to many people," said Mark Farber, co-founder of Evergreen Solar and now a consultant with Photon Consulting, at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco last week. Given that Uncle Sam plans to spend $4.5 billion developing and constructing one, it's time to start bridging some of the gaps between what it means to utilities, technology companies, and grid wonks—and what it means to plain old energy users. Making the smart grid's most basic elements—two-way communication...
  • Obama Admin Unveils $4 Bln In Smart-Grid Power Tech Funding

    04/17/2009 6:05:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 1,030+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/17/2009 | Ian Talley
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The Obama Administration Thursday unveiled a new solicitation for around $4 billion in stimulus funding for new power-transmission technology. The Administration wants to spur development of a new artificially intelligent "smart" grid that could drastically increase the efficiency of the nation's electricity infrastructure. The Department of Energy announced plans to distribute $3.4 billion in smart-grid technology grants and $615 million for smart-grid demonstration projects. "We need an upgraded electrical grid to take full advantage of the vast renewable resources in this country - to take the wind from the Midwest and the sun from the Southwest and power...
  • Cyber-Hackers Could Cripple US Power Grid Network ("What keeps your lights on...is old technology")

    04/08/2009 4:29:37 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 32 replies · 887+ views
    TechNewsWorld ^ | 04/08/09 2:27 PM PT | By Jack M. Germain
    Foreign hackers have reportedly managed to break into the computer network controlling the nation's power grid. The discovery has raised alarm about how such unauthorized access could be used to harm the U.S., though the discovery may motivate actions to strengthen the security systems surrounding the nation's infrastructure. A Wall Street Journal report that foreign hackers have repeatedly penetrated the U.S. power grid computer network has delivered a loud wake-up call. Cyber-spies from countries including China and Russia have breached the electrical infrastructure's computer network and left software tools behind that would have allowed them to control or destroy infrastructure...
  • How Green Was My Forecast?

    04/08/2009 12:26:27 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 257+ views
    Campus Report ^ | April 8, 2009 | Heather Latham
    How Green Was My Forecast by: Heather Latham, April 08, 2009 What does John Podesta, CEO and President of the Center for American Progress (CAP) , think will best stimulate the economy? “[T]he transformation of our outdated energy infrastructure to new platforms of efficiency and reduce carbon emissions represents the great potential engine for economic recovery, for job growth, for innovation, and for long-term sustainable growth for our economy.” He argued at the CAP event on April 1st that “President Obama and our congressional leaders recognized this nexus when they included in the stimulus package an unprecedented $90 billion of...
  • Not-So-Smart Grid (IBD Exclusive Series: Inside The Stimulus)

    04/01/2009 6:04:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 602+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 1, 2009
    Infrastructure: The stimulus plan to turn America's electrical infrastructure into a so-called "smart grid" is a potential target for unfriendly hackers. It's also the fulfillment of a campaign promise rooted in socialism.There is $4.5 billion in the stimulus package to modernize the nation's electricity system. The whole idea is to monitor where and when electricity is used and to direct it to where and when it is needed. It is thought this will help utilities to adjust their rates to immediate supply and demand for power. It would supposedly allow consumers to adjust their consumption to the times when they...
  • GE to Offer WiMax Smart Meter Solution Through CenterPoint Energy

    03/30/2009 1:17:24 PM PDT · by shove_it · 11 replies · 606+ views
    seekingalpha ^ | 3/30/2009 | Jeff St. John
    General Electric (GE) thinks 100 kilobits per second might be fine for reading electric meters. But 1 to 2 megabits per second is what's needed to make the split-second automation of the electricity distribution grid a reality. That's what GE expects its new WiMax-based wireless communication system will be able to achieve for utility CenterPoint Energy (CNP) In a contract announced Monday, GE will install a network of its WiMax-based MDS Mercury 3650 radios to link the utility's "backhaul" communications systems to collection points. Those collection points will aggregate data from millions of so-called "smart meters" that CenterPoint is installing...
  • Smart-grid hackers could cause blackouts

    03/22/2009 5:53:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 805+ views
    cnet ^ | March 21, 2009 12:03 PM PDT | Zoë Slocum
    Deployments of smart grids should be slowed until security vulnerabilities are addressed, according to some cybersecurity experts, citing tests showing that a hacker can cause a major blackout after breaking into a smart-grid system. The idea behind smart grids, a burgeoning energy sector in which even Google is playing a role, is that automated meters and two-way power consumption data can be used to improve the efficiency and reliability of an electrical system's power distribution. A washing machine in a household hooked up to a smart meter, for instance, could be set up to run only at lower-cost, off-peak hours,...
  • Texas - TXU plans high-speed Internet-over-powerlines to 2 million customers

    12/18/2005 10:42:22 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 34 replies · 934+ views
    TXU and CURRENT Communications to Create Nation's First Multipurpose Smart Grid Texas-based utility TXU Electric Delivery, the nation’s sixth large electric transmission and distribution company and a subsidiary of TXU Corp., and CURRENT Communications Group, LLC have announced an agreement to transform TXU’s power distribution network into the nation’s first broadband-enabled ‘smart’ electric grid. Key elements of the announcement include the following: CURRENT will construct a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) network to serve more than two million TXU Electric Delivery customers in the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and in other Texas communities. Overlaid on the existing electric distribution...