Maine Residents Wary of Smart Meters, GE Pours $55 Million Into Start-Ups, and More Smart Grid News


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There's quite a bit of news in the smart grid scene, and we've rounded up the most interesting stories. Check out the what's what, from smart appliances taking over the industry to how much money the DOE is sending to new smart grid companies. Like residents in California and other states, people in Maine are feeling wary about smart meter installations. Smart Meters reports on the concerns around both health and personal security felt by residents of Scarborough, the town council of which has imposed a 90 day moratorium on the deployment of meters pending further discussion about their safety and security. Grist has a great piece discussing this smart meter backlash.

While some people are hesitant about the new technology, companies are still plowing forward in developing tools for the smart grid. Sustainable Business reports that the Department of Energy has awarded $19 million to five smart grid projects in Washington, Missouri, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and California.

GE and partners top that by investing $55 million in some 12 smart grid start-up companies, covering everything from energy management to high-tech sensors for electricity flow.

But smart appliances are really ruling the scene. Pike Research reports that smart appliances are hitting a tipping point: "The smart appliance market is on the cusp of transitioning from the development state to commercialization and growth...Yet the market is still grappling with business model issues, questions of user privacy and control, technology standards development, and consumer acceptance."

Meanwhile, CleanTechies highlights the attention smart grids are getting at the G20 summit.

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