Smart Grid is About Jobs

Jan. 15, 2010
Whirlpool, Honeywell, other members of the Smart Grid Coalition present views to House Democratic Caucus

On Jan. 14, at the invitation of the House Democratic Caucus, representatives of the Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) presented their views on smart grid development, job creation and economic recovery.

"The Smart Grid is about jobs," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "And the clean energy jobs of the future are created by smart grid companies every day. Investing in the smart grid means investing in every state in ways that provide local jobs and local benefits as well as supporting our economic recovery and our environmental goals."

Senior Executives from DRSG member companies Whirlpool, Honeywell, Landis + Gyr, EnerNOC and Ice Energy represented DRSG, with each company giving an overview of their respective role in smart grid development and how they are adding jobs and contributing to economic recovery as a result of the new business opportunities being created by smart grid policy developments.

The companies specifically addressed their involvement in projects to be funded by provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"The emerging smart grid brings with it skilled jobs while advancing the security and reliability of our electric grid and reducing emissions and customer prices,"said Dan Delurey, DRSG President.

DRSG members discussed several steps that it believed should be taken and they will follow-up with members on issues including:

  1. Provide additional stimulus funds to DOE to allow additional smart grid grant applications to be funded from among existing applicants.
  2. Enact the existing provisions of H.R. 2454 (the American Clean Energy and Security Act, sponsored by Representatives Waxman and Markey) that would create smart grid peak reduction goals and also integrate smart grid into the Energy Star Program.
  3. Establish a temporary investment tax credit that would spur near-term smart grid business activity in the same way that tax policy has been used to support development in the renewable and efficiency areas.

"The House of Representatives has shown great support for smart grid development in EPACT 2005, EISA 2007, ARRA 2009 and now in Waxman-Markey. Those of us in the industry know that with a little bit more support right now, many more smart grid projects and developments can be unleashed," said Delurey.

The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition is the trade association for companies that provide technologies, products and services in the area of demand response and smart grid. Members of the DRSG Coalition include: Aclara, Advanced Telemetry, Ambient, Amplex, Bridge Energy Group, CABA, CalAmp, Comverge, Conservation Services Group, Control4, Corporate Systems Engineering, CPower, Direct Energy, Echelon, Eka Systems, Electrolux, eMeter, Energy Capital Partners, EnergyConnect, Energy Curtailment Specialists, EnergySolve, EnerNOC, Enfora, EnOcean Alliance, Enspiria Solutions, GE, Google, HomeGrid Forum, Honeywell, Ice Energy, Itron, KMC Controls, Landis+Gyr, LG Electronics, Lockheed Martin, Lutron Electronics, Midas Medici Group Holdings, Oracle, PCN Technology, Sensus, Silver Spring Networks, SmartSynch, Space-Time Insight, Steffes, Tendril, Trilliant Networks, Universal Powerline Association, Whirlpool, ZigBee Alliance, Ziphany.

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