Vermont Law School To Do 'Smart Grid' Research

09/17/10 5:05PM By Neal Charnoff

(Host) Energy policy experts at Vermont Law School are getting ready to conduct "smart grid" research, aimed at improving and updating the country's power grid.    

The research is being done for the federal Department of Energy, which is funding the work.

Kevin Jones is the research project leader at VLS.

 

(Jones) "The idea is to understand some of the legal, regulatory and policy challenges that utilities face in implementing a smarter electric grid."

Jones says that some examples of smart energy might include more user-friendly energy meters, automated energy distribution and improved reliability of the electric system.

The research is expected to take two years, after which best-practice recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Energy.  

The DOE grant for the project was secured by Congressman Peter Welch.

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