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Europe, China Outpace U.S. in Smart Grid Adoption
Europe and China are outpacing the United States when it comes to smart grid adoption and technologies.
How are other countries utilizing smart grid innovations?
Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group
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The Europeans are farther along with the smart grid compared to most of the world, including the United States. Germany, Denmark, Spain, and Italy adopted renewable energy early (a 30-year jump on the United States). This has given them time to develop and implement smart grid technologies on a large scale. The German feed-in tariff, for example, has made “power suppliers” out of many private citizens. The German electric grid has been modernized to accommodate distributed generation. The biggest smart grid player today is China. Much is made of China’s rising use of coal to generate electricity, and excessive pollution in the process. What most people don’t know is that the Chinese are investing huge amounts (reportedly three or four times what the United States spends) to deploy renewable energy resources and smart grid technologies.
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