I’ve got an article in the latest issue of “Planning,” the magazine of the American Planning Association, on the smart grid. (If you don’t know the important work of the APA, you should definitely see what they’re about and the critical work that planners do, creating and recreating communities.)
We look at how we generate electricity at the blog quite a lot. In researching Current Concerns, I came to much more fully appreciate that changing the way that we transmit and distribute electricity is going to enormously influence how we get our GHGs down. I also realized, in talking to some of the pathbreaking people I interviewed for the article, that the smart grid is going to be upon us in the developed world sooner rather than later. (Definitely check out the links in the article. DOE, the utility industry and those pioneers working on community energy sustainability have got a lot to say and to show. Also, please note, the graphics in the article are used with the express permission of Xcel Energy.)
My old buddy, Al, the marine engineer and carbon market player, recently flagged a good piece on the subject at the “NY Times” blog “Green Inc.” The FT’s Fiona Harvey had one of her usual informative articles here on the smart grid back in October. IBM, who I pointed out in my article is very much in the business of the smart grid, has some compelling things to say at their webpage on all this. (Click the “Energy” icon at the bottom of the page there.) I’ve written about the smart grid concept before at the blog at Green Building, Smart Grids and Renewables, among other places.
Finally, check out this succinct video from IBM.