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Smart-Grid Technology
5:01 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Fox Island Utility's Smart-Grid Technology Aims To Save Energy, Save Money

A grid-friendly appliance controller; this PNNL-developed computer chip can make most household appliances (including water heaters) “smart.”
courtesy PNNL

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.

But when it’s cold outside, use of electric heaters for hot water often pushes peak loads to the brink for local utilities.

That’s where so-called smart-grid technology 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.

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City of Seattle
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

'Smart Meters' Worry Some Seattle City Light Customers

Seattle City Light says new advanced electrical meters will let you monitor your power usage in real time. That way, if you see you’re using too much electricity at any given moment, you can run around and turn off a bunch of lights.

But Seattle is hearing from customers who say they’re worried the meters will collect too much data and also pose health risks.

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