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Governor, congressional delegation claim grid success

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By Roger Snodgrass

The old saying that success has many fathers was illustrated Monday, as Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a decision to establish a preliminary set of standards for the so-called “smart grid.” Chu also increased the maximum award available under two funding projects for the grid.

In response, Gov. Richardson, the state’s two U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, all Democrats, sent out press releases associating the results with their efforts.

The Associated Press reported that the two cabinet secretaries met with 70 business executives and state regulators at the White House on Monday to discuss the smart grid concept, which aims to bring electricity transmission into the digital age. They announced 16 steps to create uniform electricity standards for the grid.

A Smart Grid, according to Chu’s announcement would replace the current, outdated system and employ real-time, two-way communication technologies to allow users to connect directly with power suppliers.

“The Smart Grid is an urgent national priority that requires all levels of government as well as industry to cooperate,” Chu said in the statement.


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