Smart meters will transform the way people understand energy. Four households, newly equipped with smart meters and the smart energy monitor that comes with them, are about to find out what it’s like to have more control over their energy use and bills.
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Commercial real estate company Colliers International used smart meter data to cut energy consumption in a Canadian buildings it manages by 26%. In a case study of how smart meters deployed in British Columbia have helped cut energy consumption in commercial property, Colliers International reports how they used the online portal MyHydro, supplied by Canadian electric utility BC Hydro to all customers, to track usage data.
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 →
By 2020, the Netherlands plans to have 15 million smart gas and electricity meters installed as part of a national rollout following a successful smart meter pilot, according to Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp.
Russian utility Elektroset expects to make savings of more than €10 million over the next six years due to the successful implementation of a smart metering system.
“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.
Once upon a time, electric utilities and their customers lived in a world with little need to interact except over billing and power outages. Over the last few years, that has changed dramatically. Government mandates to reduce peak loads, modernize the grid and engage customers have utilities scrambling to become more dynamic and better support their customers’ lives.
Central Maine Power’s (CMP) smart grid project has produced advancements in customer services, improvements in meter operations, and lesson learned that will be used for guiding future smart grid projects, according to a new case study from the U.S. Department of Energy.
More than half (54 per cent) of households that have a smart meter installed have seen their energy bills fall, according to research by British Gas. The study also revealed that 64 per cent of those that had recorded a saving had reduced their annual energy bill by up to £75. The report also stated that nine out of ten smart meter customers are now taking “simple steps” to reduce their energy usage. Continue Reading →