According to the SGCC, the new members embody SGCC’s key principle to “create a neutral and objective forum where all stakeholders can work together toward a modernized electric power system that is consumer safe and consumer friendly. The new members exemplify this diversity.”
The SGCC seeks to be a forum where the smart grid industry gains a better understanding of consumer needs and consumers gain a better understanding of the smart grid and the benefits it can bring to individuals, communities and the country.
The SGCC lists three main priorities: listening to consumer needs and preferences via In-depth interviews and research; educating consumers to give them more understanding, choice and control; and collaborating by sharing best practices to involve, engage and empower consumers.
Itron senior VP and Chief Operating Officer, Philip Mezey, says his company is honored to contribute to the SGCC our resources and ideas towards widespread Smart Grid education. “As consumer adoption of energy management devices escalates, we are planning to learn from consumers and utilize our participation in the SGCC to help consumers take advantage of the benefits of the smart grid.”
Sheri Givens, public counsel for the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel notes, “Educating and informing residential and small business consumers about the benefits of smart grid and advanced meter technologies is an important step in shaping how we manage energy in the future. The Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel looks forward to bringing value and expertise to the SGCC’s efforts to take that next step.”
Progress Energy VP of Efficiency and Innovative Technology, Rob Caldwell, adds, “We believe that consumer engagement is going to be the critical element to the overall success of the Smart Grid. At Progress Energy we see the challenges clearly and are looking forward to working to help consumers and industry work cohesively together to benefit the energy economy of our country.”
The SGCC launched in March 2010. The founding members included Accenture, American Electric Power, Control4, Ember, General Electric, GridWise Alliance, Heat, IBM, Intel, Itron, Magnolia/Best Buy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Progress Energy, Silver Spring Networks, and Stoel Rives LLP.
Members gain access to original consumer research, a library of best practices, and messaging toolkits. The SGCC will hold its first annual Symposium Monday, September 21st in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
For more information about the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, visit www.smartgridcc.org.