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Monday, April 20, 2009

When They Say "Smart Grid," Think "General Electric"

[cross-posted at Beltway Confidential]
The city of Miami has announced it is rolling out a new "smart grid" for electricity, an idea getting tons of buzz in Washington and in many city and state governments. It's a nice idea--get smarter computers to help us direct the transmission and generation of electricity, minimizing waste and maximizing efficiency.

Of course, the folks pushing the hardest for this are the folks who would get the contract--mostly General Electric, the company that has spent more on lobbying in the past decade than any other company. Jay Yarow at The Green Sheet lays it out in a post titled "Miami's Massive Smart-Grid Project A Gift To Cisco And GE." Yarow also included a clip from GE subsidiary CNBC touting the smart grid as an Earth Dayish thing.

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