Will Maryland be the first to have a smart grid up and running?

It no secret the California and Austin, TX are two places where engineers and legislators are moving forward on getting a smart grid up and running (see links below). It's time to put another location on the list: Maryland. Maryland's Governor O'Malley and energy experts today met yesterday at the Maryland Energy Summit and one of the topics was smart metering technology.

Kurt Yeager, executive director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which is working on smart grid technology, says Maryland is starting to make the right moves for installing a smart grid.

"For too long, customers have been shut out of the dialogue, when instead they should be treated as active participants and partners in the electricity enterprise. Rewarding utilities for efficiency and customer service facilitates that relationship, and smart metering technology gives consumers the tools they need to benefit from it, from reducing their bills to helping protect the environment. Maryland's decoupling efforts are steps in the right direction, paving the way for a future electric system that is affordable, efficient and reliable," Yeager said in a release.

[Source: Galvin Electricity Initiative]

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