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Vermont senator discusses state's smart grid plans

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently held a press conference alongside a panel of power grid experts to discuss the state of Vermont's smart grid, which for years has been pressing forward and is now one of the most advanced smart grids in the country.

"The bottom line is that smart grid offers real benefits for consumers and the environment," Sanders said.

The improvements were funded by a $69 million grant that was awarded to Vermont to upgrade its aging electric transmission system, which was a part of a broader $4 billion country-wide push to increase the use of smart grid technologies.

Already, the benefits of such a system have proven to be cost effective for the state. Following the devastating floods from Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) was able to slash its outage response time in half because of the smart grid infrastructure it has installed.

"We have only begun to scratch the surface of the benefits this technology has to offer," said David Hallquist, CEO of VEC.

SUBNET has developed a portfolio of products and solutions that help power companies efficiently install their smart grid technologies onto existing assets while complying with stringent NERC CIP federal standards. 

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