Smart Grid & Electricity
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“Smart grid” generally refers to a class of technology people are using to bring utility electricity delivery systems into the 21st century, using computer-based remote control and automation. These systems are made possible by two-way communication technology and computer processing that has been used for decades in other industries. They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses.
We launched Google PowerMeter as a free energy monitoring tool to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information.
Commercial meter readers are expensive; this DIY hack allows you to cheaply monitor your power consumption for a greener tomorrow (and, realistically, a much lower bill).
A couple months back I spoke with the PUC, on a story linked here , regarding the PUC’s handling of their self-trumpeted ratings system for REPs. When I started asking questions, they quickly turned around an update the following date and the improvements in their process were clear. Since then, they’ve not done anything else. In the link here, you’ll notice that they have not updated their Texas electricity ratings to include November or December numbers.
Smart Meters and SMT Can Help You... Monitor your usage Manage your costs Raise awareness of waste and your carbon footprint SMT allows you to view daily electricity usage in 15 minute increments.