The N.C. Utilities Commission has approved a “smart-grid” pilot program planned by Duke Energy Carolinas for a south Charlotte residential area. According to the Charlotte Business Journal
, the initiative will combine technologies of solar power, smart meters and storage batteries to help determine how small solar generators and energy-storage equipment might be integrated to reduce peak demand and improve service reliability.
According to the Journal report
, the project utilizes several key Duke Energy initiatives: Save-A-Watt, smart grid and rooftop solar panels. Meters will track how energy is used in order to fine-tune the control of usage. The program targets high energy-consuming appliances, including heating and air-conditioning systems, clothes dryers, pool pumps, entertainment centers — particularly plasma televisions. The project is expected to be operational by fall.
— Nelda Holder, associate editor
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