GE opens smart grid center in Atlanta

Atlanta, January 20, 2011 — GE Energy opened its new Grid IQ Experience Center, located in the Smart Grid Center of Excellence in Atlanta.

Grid IQ is GE's company-wide commitment to solving customers’ toughest challenges in innovative ways with more efficient, reliable and sustainable energy solutions.

The Experience Center educates utilities, consumers, regulators and policy makers about the global energy landscape and the GE technologies modernizing the electrical grid to empower energy suppliers and consumers. GE and the Center of Excellence have created about 200 new jobs in Georgia since 2009.

The Grid IQ Experience Center features an iPad-guided tour to help visitors understand smart grid solutions and their potential to change how power is generated, delivered and consumed. Visitors will learn why and how GE technologies empower consumers to make smarter decisions about energy consumption, like charging an electric vehicle during off-peak times.

The Experience Center also features in-depth technical demonstrations to help educate utility engineers about GE’s proven energy solutions for increasing efficiency and reliability.

Along with the Grid IQ Experience Center, the Smart Grid Center of Excellence includes a smart grid innovation laboratory. GE’s collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology is aiding in developing the laboratory.

Through their involvement, Georgia Tech students will be able to develop and test new smart grid technologies to improve the efficiency, reliability and environmental impact of energy delivery and use — including the integration of more renewable energy sources like wind and solar.

The Smart Grid Center of Excellence was made possible through a public-private partnership consisting of Georgia government, energy industries and academia.

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