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How to Tap Into the SmartGrid Play

The Smart Grid promises to electrify the nation - literally and figuratively. Green jobs and green careers can be build on innovating, implementing and managing the next generation electrical grid.

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Use the Smart Grid to reduce carbon emissions, save money, and save the energy being produced and transported to your location.

But how much do you know about the "smart grid" being touted by the Obama administration?

Members of the GridWise Alliance consortium include such major utilities and corporations (get current listings at as:

  • American Electric Power (AEP)
  • Battell
  • Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
  • GE Energy
  • Nxegen LLC
  • IBM
  • PJM Interconnection
  • RockPort Capital Partners
  • SAIC
  • Schneider Electric
  • UAI
  • EnergyWeb
  • North America Power Partners
  • EnerNOC Inc.
  • Site-Controls LLC
  • Powerit Solutions
  • RTP Controls Inc.
  • and Ziphany LLC

The federal role in smartgrid development is being spearheaded at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) research facility in Richland, WA.

Industry Info about the SmartGrid

GridWise is the leading trade association dedicated to electricity grid modernization.

Smart Grid News is an industry news journal written for stakeholders in the smartgrid industry, and is also the official publication of the GridWise alliance.

Matter Network offers a smart grid section featuring a variety of content from such major outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle and Greentech Media.

Invest in the Smart Grid Players

GE's SmartGrid is only one of the public companies focusing on the big bucks it will take to reengineer and construct the new electrical SmartGrid.

And if you need a job in the new green economy, consider educating yourself about SmartGrid careers. Don't get stuck in 18th century technology, "Your electric meter is a masterpiece of ninetieth century technology. It’s an analog computer. It contains a motor with a rate of rotation proportional to the product of current and voltage (power) and a clock-like mechanism that integrates power over time to give energy measured in kilowatt-hours displayed on dials read by a person going door-to-door. Its biggest disadvantage is that it cannot tell when the energy is consumed," explains Fred Etcheverry in The Inspired Economist.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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