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The Future of Energy is Here
We’re using smart grid demonstration sites in Erlanger, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C., to help educate government officials and legislators on the technology’s potential. These Envision Centers feature a “smart” home complete with solar panels and an electric vehicle, an apartment complex with advanced meters, and a power delivery control center with real-time monitoring. Visitors learn how smart grid technologies can transform our power delivery system and help customers use energy more efficiently.
We also contributed smart grid expertise to the energy efficient Cliffs Cottage at Furman University in South Carolina. The home features an energy management system, solar power technology, high-efficiency appliances and sustainable-material construction. Located in the Duke Energy Village on campus, Cliffs Cottage was designated a Southern Living Showcase Home and featured in the magazine’s June 2008 issue. The home is open to the public through mid-2009, when it will become the university’s Center for Sustainability.