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As part of its smart grid program, National Grid has opened the doors to its Sustainability Hub, located in Worcester, Mass. The utility says the new facility will provide hands-on education about energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies for customers and the community at large.

The 2,200 square-foot facility was donated by Clark University, and National Grid says it is an integral part of its Smart Energy Solutions Program, which calls for the installation of advanced metering systems. The utility's pilot was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in August 2012, and National Grid has installed nearly 14,000 smart meters to date. 

According to the utility, the Sustainability Hub houses interactive exhibits and demonstrations created by Blue Hive to educate customers about how smart energy solutions can maximize their energy savings. This includes helping customers understand how to better manage in-home energy use displays through smart thermostats, smart plugs and smart appliances, as well as test dynamic pricing options.

Other exhibits demonstrate smart meters, smart grid electricity system devices, renewables and energy efficiency treatments such as low-e windows, exterior wall insulation and energy efficient hybrid hot water heaters. In addition, National Grid says the Hub features Worcester’s first street-side electric vehicle charging station.



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