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Closing Statement from Tore Land, Director, GE Ecomagination Challenge

We at GE want to give our heartfelt thanks to the TED community for participating in this conversation. Your ideas and insights -- ranging from home automation and discussions about a two-way grid to apps and gaming methods that can drive behavior change -- have been fascinating to read and stimulating to respond to.

On a personal note, as the host of this conversation, I want to thank you for your participation and fresh thinking here. And on behalf of the whole ecomagination Challenge team, we look forward to working with you to help imagine and build technology that can meet these pressing environmental challenges.

GE believes widespread adoption of clean energy technology will start in the home. And we believe the second phase of the ecomagination Challenge will help drive that change. We invite you to continue to follow this project via our website:


We're currently reviewing the submissions to the challenge and, together with our partners, will evaluate the most innovative. We'll be announcing the winners next month -- stay tuned for the announcement!

Home energy is a critical global challenge, and we want the TED Community to know we are committed to building -- and scaling up -- innovative solutions.

Thank you for letting us pick your brains!

Tore Land
Director, GE ecomagination Challenge

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    Feb 15 2011: i would like to see some statistics about how much energy enters households in form of products. to produce a cellphone from raw materials, enormous amount of energy is required. i have a feeling that we work on the non-issue, or the less-of-an-issue when we try to reduce home electricity usage, while bringing home big bags of energy in form of computers, phones, cars, televisions, plastic wrappers and all the like.
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      Feb 15 2011: We agree that household energy consumption and management is just one of many challenges that need to be tackled. While the current ecomagination Challenge focuses on "Powering Your Home", the previous was a call to arms for ideas around the Smart Grid- ideas on how to create, connect and use energy more efficiently across the spectrum. You can view these ideas, still, on the http://challenge.ecomagination.com website.

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