09 May '13, 12pm

Nest Labs: Automating the demand side of the smart grid

Nest Labs: Automating the demand side of the smart grid

There are many conceptions of what the smart grid is and what it should do for us, the ratepayers who will finance the necessary upgrades to California’s electrical system. I find the concept of a “smart-grid ecosystem” -- with smart customers, smart utilities and smart markets -- to be a helpful guidepost as we seek to evaluate what should be accomplished by the utilities trusted to deploy our smart grid. Ecosystems achieve resiliency through diversity. We want a variety of clean energy resources on the supply side -- hydropower, wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal -- spread across a variety of locations (but never too far from customers). Similarly, on the demand -- or customer -- side, the idea is that Californians, buildings, appliances and electric vehicles create an intricate, synergetic web that can be made more efficient and flexible with customer education and...

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