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GE Appliances launches home
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energy
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management unit

Ed Green

November 29, 2010


For the past few years,
General Electric

Co. has invested heavily in creati
ng lines of “smart” appliances and
related products that allow consumers to increase energy efficiency in their homes by letting their appliances
communicate with a new generation of smart electrical grids.

Now, the company’s Louisville
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based GE Appliances

& Lighting unit is creating a Home Energy Management
Business that will push to further develop and commercialize energy
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management products the company
expects will be in high demand.

GE Appliances has named
Dave McCalpin

as general manager of its Home E
nergy Management Business.

The unit will be based in Louisville and include about 35 to 40 employees working in management, information
technology, marketing and other areas focused on development and sales of in
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home appliances that lower
energy consumpti
on, McCalpin said.

GE got running start on ‘smart’

Among the products already developed and being sold by GE Appliances are a line of hybrid water heaters that
will be made in Louisville starting next year. The appliances are designed to communicate with s
mart grids and
reduce consumption during periods of peak usage.

The company also is developing refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and washers and dryers that communicate
with smart grids and reduce consumption during periods of peak usage. Most are being
tested and used in pilot
programs across the country.

And, it has
developed an energy
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management system called Nucleus

that manages in
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home appliances and
allows consumers to cont
rol home appliances though smartphone applications and computers.

McCalpin declined to say how much is being invested in smart appliances.

As Business First rep
orted last year,

GE Appliances is betting big on smart grid technologies.

In October, the company also
announced that it would invest $
194 million in Louisville

to create a Center of
Excellence for “green” and other high
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end refrigerators.

GE Appliances, a division of Fairfield, Conn.
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based General Electric (NYSE: GE), has more than 4,000 employees
in Louisville.

McCalpin said his team w
ill work with engineers and designers in other GE product lines to “accelerate the pace
of product development and establish new channels” for sales of smart grid appliances.

Interest expected to grow

McCalpin, who was chief marketing officer of GE Applian
ces before taking his current job in June, noted that
estimates show that use of smart
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grid appliances will pick up dramatically in coming years, and the company
wanted to be ready.

He said GE and its competitors likely are several years away from full
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sca
le production of smart appliances.

“We feel like we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in this area,” he said.





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