Brit Liggett

Obama Sets Aside $3.4 billion Stimulus to Jump Start "Power Grid 2.0" in US

by , 02/22/10

You may already know this, but our power grid system has been largely left alone for half a century. We’re using inefficient grid technology to try to thread power across our country and in the process are losing precious energy and a lot of cash. As part of the infamous American Reinvestment and Recovery Act–or Stimulus–Obama smartly set aside 3.4 billion dollars to invest in smart grid technology in 2010 and beyond. That block of funding was matched by industry money and private investment to total over $8 billion in funding for everything from installation of smart meters to funding for manufacturing processes.

The first wave of the project includes installation of 18 million smart meters in about 13 percent of America’s homes. This will allow the energy industry to use this information as educational tools to help individual homeowners to monitor their energy usage and run smart appliances at times when the grid is not at peak use. This will save them money and will save the energy industry from having to run costly “stand-by” power plants that are generally run with dirty coal.

The funding will also help implement broadband technology across the whole of the grid system to allow smart software to correctly distribute and call for power across the country. Part of the problem of our current system is it is a system that acts without thinking. Power is supplied almost blindly to the grid and extra power lost. If a windy day in the California desert is creating a huge supply of wind power there is little technology at hand to use that power to turn down traditional power plants and allow the clean energy to replace it. Broadband technology will allow technicians to monitor power supply and demand and call for traditional plants to turn down their production when other energy supplies are at hand.

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  1. choffy October 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    This is not good. The government needs to pay attention to the major push back against the deployment of smart meters in California, which is a part of the grid. The smart meters emit a lot of RF radiation, and many are already sick from it. Technological advances of this nature is not worth the risk to public health with the ever increasing level of mand-made electrosmog.

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