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GridWise trial finds 'smart grids' cut electricity bills

Department of Energy study finds consumers are willing to have their appliances remotely controlled by utilities to save them money and offset more grid build-out.

By January 9, 2008


IBM chief: Smarter energy isn't 'futuristic'

Sam Palmisano says the energy industry must move from a tech-heavy, piecemeal approach toward modernizing the grid to a systems-wide approach focused on benefits to consumers.

By September 21, 2010


FERC chairman: Let EV owners sell juice to grid

Regulator says that electric-vehicle owners can make thousands of dollars selling battery-driven power services to the wholesale market.

By September 21, 2010


Smart-grid services to hit $4.3 billion by 2015

Utilities keen to adopt smart grids, but will outsource their management to IT professionals, Pike Research predicts.

By September 22, 2010


Utility pros fret over consumers in smart grid

Utilities and tech companies say they need to do a better job selling the benefits of a digital energy infrastructure because consumer buy-in is needed for energy efficiency gains.

By September 23, 2010


Coalition enlists consumers in smart grid

The SmartGrid Consumer Coalition launches to educate consumers how smart-grid technologies can better control energy use at a time when consumers are apathetic or opposed to smart meters.

By March 23, 2010


Smart grid gets multibillion-dollar injection

The Obama administration plans to detail a multibillion-dollar grid modernization program, which will bring two-way smart meters and energy monitoring to millions of U.S. homes.

By October 27, 2009


Cisco looks to ride smart-grid data deluge

Fatter pipes: networking giant Cisco anticipates utilities will bulk up data centers to handle torrent of data from smart meters.

By July 28, 2009


My year as a green-living beta tester

CNET News reporter Martin LaMonica has spent the past year in the multifamily competition Energy Smackdown to lower household energy use. He finds a little effort goes a long way.

By April 20, 2009


Smart-grid project matches wind to electric cars

Exploring the link between renewable energy and smart-grid technology, IBM joins a research effort in Denmark to optimize wind energy output with plug-in electric car charging.

By February 25, 2009