I often blog about the capacity of ICT to change lives for the better, and make a real difference on the ground. Here's one very solid example of where it's saved energy, saved public money, and empowered people to take control: the pioneering NOBEL
Nothing to do with the Prize – it refers to the N
ectricity and monitoring system. Aided by EU funding
, last year, Alginet
in Valencia, Spain got to try it out. A small town with just over 13,000 people, the energy grid in Alginet is owned not by a commercial company, but by a cooperative
– whose members are the inhabitants themselves. And they were chosen to test out an "energy brokerage system": meaning that businesses and ordinary consumers could communicate their energy needs directly to energy producers
– who could in turn optimise how they produce and distribute energy.