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ConEd Solutions partners with Viridity on road to 'smart grid'

2/22/2012 03:59 PM EST
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re: ConEd Solutions partners with Viridity on road to 'smart grid'
DrQuine   2/25/2012 6:56:47 PM
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This concept should be expanded another step. Even 20 years ago, our residence in Florida had an automated system that allowed the power utility to shut off some of our demand when power was in short supply. Why not go a step further and notify consumers when power costs are peaking and invite them to feed locally generated power back into the grid from V2G (vehicle to grid), solar power arrays, wind turbines, or emergency generators. When the spot price of electricity gets high enough, there are many distributed power sources that become economical. This would reduce the need for power utilities to invest in capacity that is only needed at times of peak demand. Solar power in particular would have great potential here - it is most effective on hot summer days (when power demand also peaks).

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