Columbia Working with Con Edison on Smart Grid Technology

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Patented controller will
deliver power quickly and cheaply 

NEW YORK, November XX, 2009 — Researchers at Columbia
have  announced that
they will work with Consolidated Edison Company of New York and others to
demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies that will help build a smarter,
more efficient, more resilient electrical grid.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Consolidated
Edison $45  million of funding for its
Secure Interoperable Open Smart Grid Demonstration Project, of which Columbia
will be a subrecipient.   The project is one of 16 that were
selected by DOE from across the country.

“These demonstration projects will further our knowledge and
understanding of what works best and delivers the best results for the Smart
Grid, setting the course for a modern grid that is critical to achieving our
energy goals,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in announcing the awards at a
ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.

Roger N. Anderson,
Doherty Senior Scholar at the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS)
at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and at
the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia’s Earth Institute has
developed a patented controller technology along with senior staff associate Albert
G. Boulanger of CCLS that will be part of Con Edison’s smart grid project. CCLS
is directed by David L. Waltz.

“We are trying to
make the electric grid smarter, much more like the Internet, so that control
systems can route power to where people need it, when they need it,” says

The CCLS intelligent
controller is an algorithm-based learning system that will allow the smart grid
to calculate, on a minute-by-minute basis, the cheapest, most efficient and
most reliable ways of delivering electricity to consumers. It will also allow
the smart grid to anticipate and respond automatically to problem events such
as weather changes and equipment failures in order to prevent power outages. 

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complex global issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive public service
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leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s
College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest
institution of higher learning in the United States.

About Con Edison Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated
Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy
companies, with approximately $14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in
assets.  The utility provides
electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers in New York
City and Westchester County, New York. 
For additional financial, operations and customer service information,
visit Con Edison’s Web site at