A Possible Greener Future

Tech-oriented students tour National Grid's sustainability hub
Jun 2, 2015 3:30 PM ET

Original article appeared in the Times Union

By Larry Rulison

High school students from the Capital Region got a glimpse last week at what National Grid customers in Clifton Park might experience a few years from now.

About 70 juniors from the Ballston Spa school district's Clean Tech program took a trip last week to National Grid's Sustainability Hub in Worcester, Mass.

The center, which has a storefront in downtown Worcester and resembles an energy-efficient home on the inside, is the focal point for National Grid's $44 million, two-year smart grid pilot program, which serves 15,000 customers in Worcester using smart meters and a new pricing plan.

National Grid is planning to submit a proposal to the New York Public Service Commission next month that would be similar to the Worcester program. The project will also likely result in a local sustainability hub facility. In Worcester, it's on the Clark University campus and staffed by students from Clark and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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