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Duke Energy teams with Cisco Systems on Smart Grid

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Duke Energy is testing a "smart grid" application designed by Cisco Systems for household use.

Cisco's Home Energy Management Solution features a countertop display that gives consumers real-time data, past energy readouts and usage levels of individual appliances.

About 100 Duke Energy customers are testing the system, but Duke wants to extend the tests for another year.

Duke, based in Charlotte, is the state's biggest electric utility. Cisco, the computer networking giant based in California, employs 4,500 at its office complex in Research Triangle Park. The company is making a major push into Smart Grid technology, much of which would run over Cisco's networks.

Our sister paper, The Charlotte Observer, has more here on Duke's program.

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John Murawski has been a full-time newspaper reporter since 1991, with stints at Legal Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (both in Washington, DC), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Palm Beach Post (in South Florida) before arriving at the N&O in December 2004. At the N&O he covers energy (nuclear, coal, renewable, efficiency), hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), public utilities and health care. His beat includes PSNC Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy Progress, PowerSecure International, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Biogen Idec and others. He has also contributed more than 30 book reviews on topics spanning botany, history, science and religion. You can reach him at 919-829-8932 or e-mail him.