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Directory of technologies and resources relating to the Smart Grid, which is an effort to bring about better communication and response between the various grid components, preventing brownouts and leveling out peak loads.

See also Directory:Electrical Grid

Contents

Overviews

  • What exactly is a smart grid? - A 5-page primer by Carnagie Mellon University, The Many Meanings of 'Smart Grid' presents an accessible, circumspect explanation of the smart grid concept and all of it's major components. "Some of the things that get talked about are relatively inexpensive and can go a long way toward solving key problems. Others will likely be very expensive, and at this stage may better be left to the realm of research." (Treehugger; July 8, 2009)
  • 'Smart grid' is new buzz of electric power industry - 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. (Globe Gazette; June 7, 2009)

Action

  • Featured: Grid > Smart >
    NIST presently setting grid connectivity backbone - Right now at this very instant of time and for a very short period of time in the near future the standards for the transmission, formats and processes for all of the data handled in the Smart Grid are being written. Everything that proceeds for decades after this time will hinge on what we do in the next approximately 25 days. (PESN; June 13, 2009) (Comment at Examiner.com)

Technologies

  • EVs / Smart Grid >
    Microsoft Hohm Will Allow Electric Vehicles to Power Home Appliances - Ford and Microsoft have announced a partnership to create a computerized link between houses, electric cars and utility companies. The new electric car system will allow drivers to better manage home energy use and save money by telling the consumer the best time for cars to recharge (when demand and electricity rates are low). (MSNBC; March 31, 2010)
  • Natural Gas >
    Distributed Natural Gas Power - VW plans to put thousands of workers on the assembly line to make home-sized natural gas furnace/hot water heater/generators. These generators, based on a natural gas engine already used in the Golf, are 92 percent efficient (because they can use the waste heat for heating water or homes) and can either produce electricity for home use or put it out on the grid. (The Atlantic; Sep 17, 2009) (Thanks Phil Vogel) (P2P Comments)
  • An Intelligent Electric Grid - In this video, Peter L. Corsell, founder and CEO of GridPoint, talks about the problems inherent in today’s electric grid and describes how GridPoint’s technology improves the system’s efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. (Technology Review; Sept. Oct. 2008)
  • Gadgets to Spur Energy Conservation by Peter Fairley - This winter, about a thousand participants in Manhattan-based ConsumerPowerline's energy-conservation program will receive small plug-in boxes that glow red when power demand peaks, urging them to turn off space heaters, defer dishwasher runs, or otherwise save electricity. (MIT Technology Review; Nov. 14, 2007)
  • Making the Power Grid Smarter - Gridwise is networking home appliances and thermostats to electricity grids, lowering utility costs and electricity loads. (MIT Technology Review; May 12, 2006)

Resources

  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Ten PowerPoint Slides That Shook the Earth - If you attend enough cleantech events or are pitched by enough startups, you start to see the same few PowerPoint slides over and over again. Here is a collection of the best or at least the most notorious and historically significant slides in our industry. (GreenTechMedia; July 8, 2010)

Down Sides

  • Smart Meter Opt-Out Smarts - Utility companies are literally kicking doors in to install unwanted smart meters. Rather then help private citizens defend their property rights, local governments allow monopolies to radiate and invade privacy. (Free Energy Blog; March 15, 2014)
  • Conspiracy / Health > Smart Grid > Dangers >
    Illinois Moms Arrested for Refusing 'Smart Meters' - Mother in Illinois, US, does not give permission for installers with police escort to come on her property to install "smart meters". She begged them to not do it over concerns about putting her child in harm's way. The daughter has a chronic illness that could be affected or aggravated. (YouTube / Infowars; January 25, 2013)
  • Conspiracy > Grid > Smart Grid >
    Smart Grid: The Implementation of Technocracy? - Writer points out that the smart grid technology is key in enabling the decades-long-sought technocracy -- a scientific dictatorship. It enables a central grid to control individual appliances in private homes, allowing for punishment of non-conformists. (August Review; March 2, 2010) [Comment: distributed free energy is the antidote]
  • From Smart Grid to Big Brother? - The main stated benefits are: A more efficient use of energy, and a higher capacity to handle intermittent renewable power sources. But there is another important issue that gets shoved under the rug: Privacy. These smart meters and appliances will be sending lots of data to power companies. (TreeHugger; Oct. 14, 2009)
  • Conspiracy >
    Get ready! Here come the energy police - Google is developing an Internet-based power monitor designed to monitor energy usage inside homes. As a result, the meter will provide utilities and any government regulators access to data on a household's energy footprint and carbon footprint. Such access will also enable them to bill and/or control any offending appliances. (WorldNetDaily; Sept. 21, 2009)

See also

GRID FOOTER

GRID PROBLEMS

GRID SOLUTIONS

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