Smart Grid for Amsterdam - 16 Jul 2009

The city of Amsterdam is the latest to join the smart grid movement with a new pilot program that will be managed by IBM and Cisco, along with the Dutch utility Nuon. 500 homes will be outfitted with energy management systems, including smart meters and energy monitors.

It is expected that the people involved in the pilot program will save on energy costs and reduce their CO2 emissions by "at least 14 percent." This should help Amsterdam reach its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2025.

IBM and Cisco will help the City of Amsterdam in its quest to become the European Union's first "smart city."

The consortium will develop an energy management system using 500 smart meters installed in participating households.. IBM will establish the smart energy network, while Cisco will oversee the IP-based communications infrastructure that will enable the energy system to securely communicate with household appliances in real-time. Nuon, an Amsterdam-based energy company, will also take part by creating applications for the system.

Consulting firm Accenture joined the project last month, and will transform its Amsterdam office into a smart building by using technology that will collect, monitor and analyse utility data. Other projects underway include connecting docked river cruisers and commercial sea vessels to the electric grid and the creation of a "climate street" that connects tram stops and street and store lighting with smart meters to help store owners and municipal workers manage energy use along a busy shopping route.

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