It must be at least a decade since I first heard the idea of “disaggregating” electric bills. The idea back then was to “listen” for the electric signatures of different appliances and gradually figure out which appliances were using how much power. Now a variation on this theme is in operation, as you will read in this guest editorial from Salim Popatia of Ecotagious. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s good enough in your territory. But I agree with his premise that this level of detail — this ability to see which devices in your home or business are consuming the most electricity — can be a powerful tool and motivator for customers. Continue Reading →
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The research agrees – the more consumers understand about electric power the more they appreciate the role of utilities. And the more they favor grid modernization. And the more they are willing to enroll in utility programs. So how do you improve the energy literacy of your customers?
“In this new system, Consumers can, for once, be king. Smart consumers, integrated consumers. With the benefit of smart meters, they can take control of their energy use. Get a better price by adjusting their usage. Avoid price peaks and cut their bills. So, we see, Market players and services will have to be more innovative:
The City of Aarhus in Denmark is in the process of rolling out smart heat meters to 53,000 district heating customers. This will be part of Aarhus’s planned intelligent energy system and will contribute to the city’s goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030.
At first glance, Opower’s mission—“to motivate everyone on earth to save energy”—seems to be in direct opposition to the electric utility business model. Which is, at its most basic level, to sell electricity. None of this would be a problem if Opower didn’t work directly with utilities. But Opower—one of the largest and fastest-growing energy efficiency companies in the country—partners with 90 utilities to reach 22 million of their residential customers around the world. So what’s the catch? Continue Reading →
Research from uSwitch has shown that households which have smart meters are not only enjoying more accurate billing but are also more satisfied with their energy providers. The survey revealed that 92% of households with a smart meter are happy to have it and a further 87% would recommend having one installed. The findings suggest that recently voiced concerns regarding how the population would respond to a general rollout of smart meters are misplaced.
The Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District has launched a pilot in partnership with Ontario utilities Hydro One and London Hydro to make available new energy management apps to their customers to help them manage their energy consumption.
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