Boulder Set to Launch ‘Radical’ Smart Grid Technology « The Washington Independent
Boulder, Colo., announced this week that the city is ready to become the first in United States to get smart grid technology up and running. The $100 million “SmartGridCity” is a project of Midwestern electricity supplier Xcel Energy and will provide real-time data on energy use for consumers and utilities with the goal of lowering electricity usage.
Xcel invested $27 million in the project, and the rest comes from grants and partner technology firms. Ninety-six percent of Boulder homes are enabled to use the technology, though installation is voluntary. Xcel expects just over half the city’s homes to have the meters up and running this fall. Users will be able to access information about their energy usage via a website run by GridPoint.
The Obama administration has advocated for development of smart grid technology, and the stimulus plan included $4 billion in funding. Some conservative pundits have criticized the technology recently as part of the administration’s “radical” environmental agenda.