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March 5, 2013
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  News from the Grid 
  • Tenn. utility piloting new "smart wire" device
    A California-based startup is testing a device that could give utilities a cheap and easy-to-deploy tool for managing electricity flow rerouting power when needed. The so-called "smart wire" device -- which was originally developed by engineers at Georgia Tech and is now being tested by the Tennessee Valley Authority -- attaches directly to the transmission line and relies on "inductive reactance" to manipulate power flow. Smart Grid News (3/4), GigaOm (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy Management 
  • Fluidic Energy builds a better battery using zinc, air
    Arizona-based Fluidic Energy took the wraps off advanced battery technology that experts say can provide all the power of traditional batteries at a fraction of the cost thanks to its innovative use of air as one of its components. The company, which received $5.3 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding, is one of a handful of companies working on batteries that replace a metal cathode -- one of the three primary part of a battery -- oxygen drawn from the surrounding atmosphere. GigaOm (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Setting the Agenda 
  • MIT's Moniz tapped to lead Energy Department
    President Barack Obama has nominated Ernest Moniz, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Energy Initiative, to replace outgoing Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. The president said Moniz, along with Gina McCarthy -- his choice to head up the Environmental Protection Agency -- would serve as a united front in the nation's emerging energy strategy, which will focus on reducing climate change and creating new jobs. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • White House, lawmakers make progress on cybersecurity bill
    Lawmakers and the White House reportedly have made progress on developing a cybersecurity bill and negotiating issues such as what role agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, would have in fighting cyberthreats and attacks. The goal, says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., is to have a bill to vote on by April. The White House is also asking for help from the private sector in the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity, as private companies utilize more than half of the country's infrastructure. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/2), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/1), Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OSTP director urges power-grid upgrades
    Extreme-weather events such as Hurricane Sandy demonstrate the need for the U.S. to upgrade its electricity grid, says John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. A report issued by the National Science and Technology Council predicts that 15.5 million "smart meters" for electricity will be installed in the U.S. by 2015. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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