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Smart Energy, Smart Grids and Smart Cities in Review

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Smart Energy is an industry byword these days. Electricity consumers and producers alike talk about ideas and implementations that Smart Energy has developed as the best ways forward for both energy conservation and energy cost effectiveness. Electrical system developments in Smart grids and Smart cities are key to discussions on Smart Energy. A look at the terminology involved and progress successes in the electrical industry toward complete Smart Energy integration and utilization is a good way to being examining Smart Energy.

Commonly defined, “the term Smart-Energy comes from the philosophy of always using the most cost effective long term approach to meetingyour energy needs, while maintaining the lowest environmental impact.” Smart grids are in place and currently under constant technological development to help implement the long term futuristic approach to Smart cities where electrical energy conservation and friendly environmental electricity use is expected to become a systematized, technologically supported everyday reality for most energy consumers.

Smart Energy electricity improvements have already developed well beyond the technology and distribution systems of only twenty-five years ago. Reviewing Smart Energy progress gives a perspective on the expectations of the future. Smart grids have led to improvements in preparation, response, recovery and mitigation efforts in managing Smart city electricity needs.  Smart electrical grid implementation of two way information communications and applications of computer system improvements influenced by Cloud technology have opened the door for managing the electricity needs of “Smart city” populations through data stream application. (“Smart Grid”; 2015).  Beginning in 2005 with the Teleogestore project in Italy, clean energy efforts over the past ten years have spanned across the globe working to establish an integrated communication management function through Smart grid development and installations. (Ma, Xiaoyu, April 05, 2010). Demand response and informed consumption are key points of Smart grid electricity systems already showing benefits on cost returns and resource conservation. Smart grid use has further impacted and expanded influence in areas of emergency mobilization and security protection for Smart city consumers. 

Smart cities are designated as cities acting as catalysts of change for new economic and potential environmental development. Following the trend of Energy Smart Colorado from 2010-2013, commercial facilities have paired with residential communities to effectively establish electrical energy efficiency programs. Smart homes with meters, appliances, and connected communications network hardware (computer, phone devices, etc.) are touch points for Smart Energy integration in consumer markets.

Smart Energy and Smart grid electricity stewardship is central to the planning and implementation of Smart cities’ emerging technology.  Although Smart cities are a futuristic planning endeavor, the reality of Smart Energy is already in place and advancing improvements to energy systems. Over the past ten years, Smart grids and Smart homes have entered the marketplace and created new environments for electricity management. Increasing awareness of Smart Energy developments and terminology sets the stage for informed consumers to embrace capabilities and technology currently emerging as Smart Energy, Smart grids, and Smart cities become the standards for cost effective environmental implementation of electrical energy resources.



  1. “Smart Grid”, (, 2015).

  1. “Smart Grid”, (Ma, Xiaoyu, April 05, 2010).


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Ferdinand E. Banks on May 11, 2015
Last night in Sweden there was a so-called TV debate involving the leaders of 7 or 8 political parties. I didn't bother trying to understand what they were talking about except for schools, Health care and energy. Where energy was concerned, with two exceptions they didn't know anything at all. Those two knew that without adequate energy, the Swedish industrial future was in serious trouble.

So much for 'smartness' and the interest shown it. The lesson, as far as I am concerned, is for the people running the show to get it right, because if the voters and most of their political masters are stupid or ignorant enough to Believe that a modern industrial society can function efficiently on smartnes without nuclear energy, we are all going to be in a lot of trouble. Let me put that another way: smartness, wind and solar - which have a way of going together - will get you nowhere.

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