smart grid http://kplu.org en UW Using Smart Grid Technology To Conserve Energy, Save Money http://kplu.org/post/uw-using-smart-grid-technology-conserve-energy-save-money <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s often said that the best way to reduce our carbon emissions is through energy conservation. One way to do that more effectively is by using computer technology to make the electric grid more intelligent. &nbsp;</span></p><p>It’s known as smart grid technology and for the past two years, the U.S. Department of Energy has been spending $178 million to test it in five Northwest states.</p><p>One of the biggest demonstration projects is on the campus of the University of Washington where knowledge of when power is used is saving big money.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 14936 at http://kplu.org UW Using Smart Grid Technology To Conserve Energy, Save Money Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money http://kplu.org/post/fox-island-utilitys-smart-grid-technology-aims-save-energy-save-money <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When you turn on your tap or shower in the morning or run your washing machine at night, you probably aren’t thinking much about how many other people in the area are doing the same thing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But when it’s cold outside, use of electric heaters for hot water often pushes peak loads to the brink for local utilities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s where so-called <a href="http://www.pnwsmartgrid.org/about.asp" target="_blank">smart-grid technology</a> could come in and save the day. The idea, which increases energy efficiency and saves everyone money, is being put to the test on Fox Island, near Tacoma.</span></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12508 at http://kplu.org Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money Smart grid pilot project debuting at University of Washington http://kplu.org/post/smart-grid-pilot-project-debuting-university-washington <p>Most people who pay their own energy bills know that power is expensive. But where it’s coming from and how much it costs is often more mysterious.</p><p>That could change if technology that’s part of a<a href="http://www.pnwsmartgrid.org/"> demonstration project</a> at the University of Washington catches on. It’s co funded by the US Department of Energy. The U-dub is the largest of 16 demo sites creating a new Pacific Northwest Smart Grid.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6771 at http://kplu.org Smart grid pilot project debuting at University of Washington