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Smart City San Diego progresses with smart grid projects

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Smart City San Diego, a collaboration made up of several utilities from around the region as well as the University of California, San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego, has announced the results of several initiatives brought forth by the group.

"Over the past year, Smart City San Diego has been forward-thinking about creating opportunities for a more sustainable region," San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said at an event at UC San Diego on January 31. "Moving into 2012, our collaborative will continue to build on those results and develop and launch even more initiatives to drive economic growth for our region."

The organization stated that the tests prove San Diego is poised to become a strong example of how cooperation and innovation can result in more efficient, reliable and sustainable energy management.

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is a part of the collaboration, and is working to test communication links between newly administered smart appliances to ensure that customers are empowered by the best technologies. The new devices include smart dishwashers, washers and dryers and thermostats, according to Renew Grid Magazine.

"An efficient, reliable and sustainable electric infrastructure is essential to powering economic growth and supporting business, industry and the dynamic lifestyles of a skilled workforce," says Mark Hura, global smart grid commercial leader for General Electric.

CleanTECH San Diego's involvement in the organization has led to the categorization of regional green companies that will be involved in smart grid technology development. The categories include solar energy, energy storage, energy efficiency, clean transportation and others.

Smart City San Diego has created a comprehensive plan to prepare the city for a wide range of challenges that may arise in installing a new grid. Among those include preparing the city for economic growth, as the group hopes to quantify the economic impacts of green initiatives to ensure the city prospers from the new industry.

UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox stated that the university is excited to share its expertise in smart grid communication infrastructure to help the city create a better electric grid.

SUBNET is well positioned to help utilities looking to begin their smart grid endeavor. The company has continually been selected by top utilities around the country to install its substation automation devices and software, and for its expertise in NERC CIP compliance. 

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