PG&E may be installing millions of smart meters in Northern California, but the nation of Malta (pop. 400,000) is about to become the world’s first smart grid island. IBM is building the island’s national smart grid network, which will consist of 250,000 smart meters placed in homes around the country.
The network will allow Malta’s national utilities to perform remote monitoring, meter-reading, and management of the network. Utilities can then use information collected from these tools to adjust electricity pricing based on the time of day. Island residents will also have the opportunity to track their energy usage online.
US citizens who want to get in on the community smart grid action can head over to Boulder, Colorado— the nation’s first Smart Grid City.
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Ariel Schwartz was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a contributor at Fast Company, Inhabitat, Triple Pundit, SF Weekly, and NBC Bay Area Online. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.