The Smart Grid Explained

The Smart Grid is an intriguing but elusive concept. What exactly do we mean when we talk about the intelligent grid? And where does renewable energy fit into the mix? In this podcast, we’ll explore the technological and conceptual basics of the evolving grid.

Eric Lightner, Director of the Smart Grid Task Force at the U.S. Department of Energy, outlines the way the grid works today and how that may change with technological progress.

Tim Healy, CEO of the intelligent demand response provider EnerNOC, shows us how the company remotely manages the energy use of commercial and industrial customers.

And Richard Baxter, Senior Vice President of Ardour Capital Investments, talks about the thorny issues associated the management of data as the grid makes a digital shift.

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