A Possible Greener Future
Tech-oriented students tour National Grid's sustainability hub
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.