2001: A Closer Look
From control panels to kinetic energy, green technology will be abundant in the coming years. Jessica Boothe, CEA’s manager of strategic research, points out these trends to watch from now until 2012 that will benefit from the further development of the SmartGrid and help consumers go green.
• The Face of Energy Usage
For a society constantly connected to the Internet, monitoring our energy consumption online is not an unwelcome idea for most consumers. Just as the Internet revolutionized the world of online banking, telecommuting and shopping, smart meters and their interfaces will modernize energy consumption and allow consumers to be more in tune with their consumption habits.
• The Consumer Becomes the Producer
Not only will consumers be able to buy electricity from utility companies, they will be able to generate, sell back excess energy and store their own energy needs as the Smart Grid progresses. From solar roofing shingles to wind turbines, advancing technology has made these ideas into a reality by offering consumers the ability to buy affordable energy-producing products for the home.