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State government buildings in downtown Santa Fe will soon have their heating, cooling and lighting controlled remotely from San Francisco. Staci Matlock of The New Mexican says a network center there will help manage the energy flows to make sure there is enough during “peak demand” times. Remote-controlled electricity is part of a new power program, called “Smart Grid” designed to save both electricity and money. The plan is part of a long-range state goal to reduce energy use in executive branch agencies to 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2015.

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