New federal smart grid legislation promotes demand response and grid-friendly appliances

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take:  Go ahead, be cynical. You've earned the right to be skeptical about the current U.S. Congress and its ability to get anything done. Even so, a pair of Democratic Congressmen have introduced new smart grid legislation. Although its prospects for passage may be dim, it does give us insight into how Congress currently views the smart grid and what it may choose to focus on going forward. - Jesse Berst

 

U.S. Representative Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, is co-sponsoring the “Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013.” The proposal would require states and utility companies to set goals for reducing electrical use during peak times via smart grid technologies, said the Antioch Herald.

 

"Increasing the use of smart grid technologies will help reduce use when demand for power is at its highest," said McNerney. "That, in turn, will help save consumers money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

 

A report from the U.S. Department of Energy report recently claimed that federal investment in smart grid projects has resulted in 47,000 jobs and almost $7 billion in total economic output.

 

The Smart Grid Advancement Act is cosponsored by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.).

 

Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.

 

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