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ComEd tapping smart grid innovators of the future

The finalists in ComEd's Student Innovation Contest, which challenges college students to create visions of products, services or software apps that leverage smart meter technology to help low-income customers better manage their electricity use and save money, have been announced. The Student Innovation Contest, which launched in May, is part of ComEd's SmartGridExchange initiative -- a collaboration between ComEd, technology companies, universities and customers to spur innovation that will shape what the electric grid of the future will offer.

Smart meter growth, and benefits, booming

Smart meters have made possible new services for customers, such as automated budget assistance and bill management tools, energy use notifications, and "smart pricing" and demand response programs. More than 43 percent of U.S. households have smart meters today, up from about 33 percent in May 2012.

ComEd leading community-based microgrid

Collaborating with a group of science and technology partners, including Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Denver, ComEd is taking a lead role in positioning interconnected microgrids as viable energy systems that help address ongoing challenges of national energy security, sustainability, and resiliency, as well as positioning Chicago as a hub for energy sustainability and independence.

Solving industry issues: SGIP winners

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) today named the three winners in a call for papers charged with addressing an industry issue with a viable proposed solution.

 

Spectra Energy, NU announce Access Northeast to solve regional natural gas reliability issues

Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners, and Northeast Utilities have released details of the Access Northeast project, designed to help deliver increased, guaranteed daily supplies of natural gas to consumers, as well as enhanced service on peak days for strategic natural gas-fueled electric generation plants, to address New England's reliability concerns and reduce costs paid by the region's electric and gas consumers.

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