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With technological advances and the growing capability to utilize clean renewable energy, the smart grid will offer you, the energy consumer more convenience, savings and choice. Discover how it’s helping utility companies restore power outages more quickly. Plus, you’ll see how a smarter grid is a cleaner grid by making renewable energy sources like electric vehicles, wind and solar accessible and scalable.

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Why We Need A Revolution In Energy Storage

If we ever want to get off fossil fuels and start using renewable energy, we're going to need a revolution in energy storage. That means batteries. Bigger, stronger, and just better, ok? And maybe, just maybe, we'll finally be able to realize humanity's dream of confusing the ghost of Thomas Edison! Watch the video here.

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Note to the Smart Gird: Heal Thyself

Alex Huang serves as director of the FREEDM Systems Center and professor of electrical engineering at North Carolina State University. See how NSF has supported his research. Narrated by Laurie Howell and reported by Lisa Raffensperger.

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What Is the Smart Grid?

If energy is like a faucet, at the moment, the grid doesn't allow any way to turn off the flow. But wouldn't it be nice to stop the flow when you weren't using it, to store the extra energy, or to divert it to the most important things? Those are all part of the design of the future smart grid. Watch the video.

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The Truth About Smart Meters

Misunderstanding advanced technology can lead to the emergence of urban legends. The case is no different with smart meters, which utilities are rolling out across the country in an effort to bring the benefits of a modernized electric grid to consumers like you. We address the most commonly circulated smart meter myths.

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Protecting Your Privacy

The privacy of electricity usage data is protected now and that will not change with the use of smart meters. Electric companies, the federal government, and the suppliers of critical electric grid systems and components are working together to strengthen consumer safe- guards, develop a best-in-class data security model and enforce its implementation.

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3 Ways the Smart Grid Improves How We Live

Technology has transformed our way of life, but our electric grid — which we trust to keep power flowing to our homes, schools, workplaces, and hospitals — hasn’t been modernized to match. Now it can be, with a new investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure called smart grid. It combines information technology with power transmission to benefit your home, your community, and your nation. Watch below, and you’ll agree that there are many reasons why this new plan for the grid deserves to be called smart.

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Understanding Smart Meters & Radio Frequency

Smart meters are a very important step to improving the delivery of electricity for consumers. They will give you more insight into your energy usage and more control over your energy expenditures. Most importantly, smart meters will help create a more efficient, more reliable, and more sustainable electricity world for generations to come. Understand more about smart meters and radio frequency along with health concerns voiced by consumers, using credible research.

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