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New research shows smart grid's energy benefits

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, June 08, 2012

Smart grid researchers in Austin, Texas, recently conducted an assortment of tests and trial programs in the North Austin Mueller neighborhood, which revealed how smart grid technologies can help integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid, the Daily Texan reports.

According to the news source, Pecan Street Inc.'s tests on smart grid technology show incorporating renewable sources, which often supply intermittent energy that can fluctuate greatly, can lead to huge energy savings in residential and commercial applications. At the recent Austin Forum, Brewster McCracken, executive director of Pecan Street Inc., said the two-year study has provided his team with huge amounts of data that now they must sift through.

"We’re not yet sure about everything that could be done with all this data that we’ve collected, but already we have noticed important trends," McCracken said. "One of which is that west-facing solar panels almost supply the total energy demands of consumers during peak times."

McCracken added that there were are several complexities that must be taken into account with solar energy, such as how its fluctuations in energy generation relate to the ups and downs of peak electricity demand.

SUBNET has partnered with utilities across the country to help them integrate intermittent energy sources into the smart grid with its line of innovative products and solutions.

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