SMUD rolls out a smart electrical grid
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is set to roll out a smart grid.
According to a story in the Sacramento Bee ,
this week, the Sacramento
Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is
set to take its first step toward what promises to be the most significant
development in electricity in a century: the "smart" grid.
Thursday, the SMUD
board is scheduled to approve a 30-month rollout of 620,000 meters for the Internet age. Instead of
today's "dumb" odometer-style counters, the devices will be brainy
hubs in a new electrical nervous system that promises to save money and power
and foster the next tech
The big change: Smart meters can talk.
At first, the discussion will stay mostly between the meter and SMUD. A home's power usage
will be beamed straight to the utility, eliminating the meter-reader's monthly
visit. If your power goes out, the meter will tell SMUD instantly (now, the utility usually learns of
outages when customers call).
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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