12 May '13, 12pm

New Dawn for #Smart #Grid? via @IEEESpectrum

At the beginning of this week, Forbes energy blogger William Pentland took note of the acquisition by Toshiba of Consert, which he described as a San Antonio startup "chasing hard-to-tap value at the intersection of home energy automation and wholesale power markets." Pentland observed that Consert's demand-management system Virtual Peak Plant (or VPP) will be a nice complement to Toshiba's μEMS , a grid management system that responds to changes in consumption as monitored in real time. Earlier, Toshiba acquired the top smart meter maker Landis+Gyr. In an earlier post, Pentland cited several reputable studies indicating that "engineered resilience" and distributed smart power will be a big part of the answer to the growing problem of major outages and mega-disasters like Sandy. Quoting numbers from the University of Minnesota's Massoud Amin, editor of the IEEE's smart gri...

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