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3 February – IEEE has released an eight-minute video which explains the smart grid and its importance for reducing the carbon footprint.  Featuring highlights from several IEEE conferences including Energy 2030 held in Atlanta, Ga., in November 2008, “A Smart Grid for Intelligent Energy Use” includes interviews with several power and energy experts from around the world.

The video explains how communications and computing technology can improve electricity transmission and distribution, resulting in significant energy savings. This smart grid will also facilitate the integration of energy from remote and distributed sources.

 Experts who are featured in the video include:  David Gellings, Southern Company; John McDonald, GE;  Clark Gellings, EPRI; Deepak Divan, Georgia Tech; Andrew Tang, PG&E; Richard deBlasio, NREL; and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington State, who is a co-sponsor of legislation that includes incentives to accelerate smart grid development.

 The video was funded by IEEE-USA and IEEE Power & Energy Society.  It is a production of  IEEE Technical Activities and Sciencentral and is being released on IEEE.tv and YouTube.