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Energy Quote

The world is full of tradeoffs, and sometimes 'renewable power' activists fail to recognize that. Solar energy collectors must displace a tremendous amount of natural landscape to produce any significant amount of energy. And anything less requires a great deal of financial expenditures for very little and very inconsistent power.

Ben Lieberman

Smart Grid

Smart Grid attempts to predict and intelligently respond to the behaviour and actions of all electric power users connected by adding monitoring, analysis, control, and communication capabilities to the national electrical delivery system. It aims to maximize the throughput of the system while reducing the energy consumption. The Smart Grid will allow utilities to move electricity around the system as efficiency and economically as possible. It will also allow the homeowner and business to useelectricity as economically as possible.

With smart grid, it is possible to employ tactics for improved efficiency:

  •  smart meters,
  • dynamic pricing,
  • smart thermostats and smart appliances,
  • automated control of equipment,
  • real-time and next day energy information feedback to electricity users,
  • usage by appliance data, and
  • scheduling and control of loads such as electric vehicle chargers, home area networks (HANs), and others.

25 Aug 2011 20:14:07

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