How lighting can be a "gateway drug" to a smart grid


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take:  GreenBiz honcho Joel Makower has just published an interesting blog post detailing the how Paris is beginning its smart grid journey with smart lighting.- By Jesse Berst


A smart grid is a complex puzzle of utilities, buildings, cities, vehicles and electricity using devices, not to mention the transmission and distribution lines that feed it. Much of the action is happening inside cities. But figuring out which technologies to deploy and in which order and from which vendors can be a confounding question.


But sometimes it all comes together, as with the case of Silver Spring Networks and the city of Paris. Silver Spring, of course, sells equipment to transmit energy data between meters, consumers and utilities, along with software that takes advantage of that network.