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The Birth of the SGIP (Live from Denver)

Nov 19, 2009, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"It will also have an extremely ambitious goal: to assess, assemble, explain and promote the complex and evolving web of standards that will be needed to make the vision of a Smart Grid in the United States a reality. It will also mark the end of the first chapter in a journey that began with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

"What is a Smart Grid, compared to what we have now? Today, we have centralized production of electricity, with distribution of that power being handled by somewhat interconnected, regional networks to commercial and home users. We also have burgeoning green house gas emissions, growing dependence on foreign oil, both as a result of our need to keep increasing our generating capacity in order to meet whatever the peak national electrical need may be.

"With a Smart Grid, the production, storage and use of electricity will be interactive, with millions of home and business owned wind and solar power generating nodes, as well as millions of highly distributed battery storage resources – in the form of millions of electric, and electric/hybrid cars parked in home garages. When you add all that together, you have a massive, load-leveling pool of energy producers and consumers, rather than just a one way distribution street."

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