A Smart Grid is the seamless integration of many parts: an electric grid; a communications network; and hardware and software to monitor, control, and manage the creation, distribution, storage, and consumption of energy. The Smart Grid of the future will be distributed, interactive, self-healing, and capable of reaching every device.
Austin Energy Green Building rolls out major updates to its Green Building rating systems for single-family, multifamily, and commercial construction. The updated ratings prepare projects seeking a Green Building rating to achieve higher energy savings, increased levels of building performance and overall positive environmental benefits.
Austin Energy customers can get an $85 rebate for participating in a new smart thermostat program that enables customers to control their air conditioning and heating with their smart phones or online no matter where they are day or night.
District energy is a major part of Vancouver’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions 33% by 2020 from a 2007 baseline, as outlined in its Greenest City Action Plan. The aim of Vancouver’s district energy strategy is to facilitate the conversion of legacy steam heat systems to lower carbon fuel sources and promote the development of new low-carbon systems in high-density areas of the City.