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University of Washington begins smart grid pilot

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Friday, October 26, 2012

The University of Washington has begun an experimental smart grid project it hopes will lower the school's overall energy bill, and comes as part of a broader, five-state initiative to install intelligence on the regional power grid.

According to The Seattle Times, the project will entail installing new devices that will monitor energy consumption in dorm rooms and other facilities. Residents will have the ability to control the amount of energy that flows to energy-sucking machines like computers and monitors, and can even control electricity flow through an app on their phones.

The experiment is a part of a $178 million, five-year federal program that is expected to significantly improve the intelligence of the Northwest energy grid. The initiative is being funded through stimulus money as well as utility and outside party contributions.

"We're basically leveraging the new communications technology and inexpensive computers - the Internet revolution - and applying it to the electricity side of the world," said Carl Imhoff, energy infrastructure sector manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

SUBNET is helping to create a smart grid with products like its SUBNET SubSTATION Server, which adds intelligence to substations with the most advanced and secure substation data management program on the market. 

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