We all recognize great audio and video technology when we experience it. Think about the best concert you have ever been to, or a theatre where you felt apart of the action. Top of the line projection told a story, high-fidelity sound made it come to life, and the experience was memorable. So how do you bring that kind of experience to your own space?
Vancouver Lutron Lighting Control Solutions and Smart Grid Technology
You may have heard of the term “Smart Grid”, but you may be confused on what exactly it is intend to do. A smart grid is an electrical grid that uses information and communications technology to gather and act on information, such as information about the behaviors of suppliers and consumers, in an automated fashion to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity. A smart grid will give two-way communication. This means information can be gathered and analyzed, so people can make educated decisions on the way their energy is being used.
Lutron, a respected name in light control solutions since 1961, is leading the way in investing in the research and development of smart grids worldwide. Their mission is to help consumers save energy while at the same time save them money.
As a homeowner you would have the ability to manage your homes energy and costs using data that you receive in real time. This will help you make better decisions on how to better manage your power consumption. Everyone knows when you dim lights it saves money. But with a smart grid, you would actually be able to see the savings.
Commercial Benefits of the Smart Grid
Lutron’s smart grid load-shedding software helps reduce lighting loads either by the user pressing a button or via an automatic command that is preset. In addition, commercial building owners can receive financial incentives from demand response programs while using less energy and saving money.
British Colombia Institute of Technology had their first Canadian Smart Grid Research Network Workshop in 2010. The idea was to bring together thought leaders in the field of energy management. Ralph Zucker from BC Hydro had these closing statements after the workshop ended.
- Smart grid solutions are seen to have many benefits for Canadians including economic prosperity, clean energy through the integration of renewables, enablement of new customer applications, and more secure and reliable power delivery systems.
- Priority actions include building awareness, more effective collaboration across the industry, continued standardization efforts, and an expansion of innovation funding. Also identified was the need to develop policy and regulation that supports advanced smart grid applications.
- Clearly, Canada has the leadership capability to advance smart grid applications. The challenge remains with all industry participants including academia, utilities, vendors, and government agencies to collaborate more effectively and through additional innovation funding, develop solutions that will benefit Canadians.
Key Takeaway: Lutron’s mission since it started has been to save consumers money while also conserving on energy. A smart grid solution will be a big step in providing additional savings and energy conservation.