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Issue 01/2011

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Greener load control with smart appliances

At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 6-9 January 2011 in Las Vegas, US (United States), smart appliances took centre stage. Many manufacturers displayed appliances that not only add a lot of convenience but also can be turned on and off safely and remotely. This feature may seem trivial, but until the Smart Grid is a reality everywhere, “cycling” appliances during peak hours may represent a green solution for load control. During the Smart Grid Homes conference that was held at CES, experts from manufacturers and utilities discussed the potential of appliances for load control.