Smart Meters

Raising rates would boost technology

The last time Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) raised electric rates the laptop computer, HDTV, iPod, and Wii were not available to be purchased.  Power transmission technology has also changed dramatically since 1993 – the last time I&M changed rates.  Today, the power provider is looking to raise rates so it can adapt to the expectations…

Smart meter deployment reaches milestone in Illinois

Landis+Gyr, which signed up with Ameren Illinois Utilities for a major smart meter deployment, recently reached a major milestone in the huge installation effort.  Ameren Illinois Utilities serves 1.2 million electricity consumers and 840,000 natural gas consumers in Illinois. The project recently passed the halfway point towards a final number of 1.1 million smart meter…

Smart meters to give electric cars a second chance

Most residents of Phoenix, Arizona are paying $4.09 or more for a gallon of gas, but not Paul Moore.  Moore, who lives in Paradise Valley, is only paying pennies to drive all around the city. In March of this year Moore bought one of the few remaining electric vehicles in America – a 1998 Ford…

Pennsylvania governor talks tough to utilities

Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania, didn’t mince his words when he spoke about the impending electricity pricing spike.  On July 2, he said he would be for extending pricing ceilings that currently keep energy consumers in the state from paying market prices for energy.  The electricity price caps are set to expire in 2008 and…

Canadians lack interest in smart meters

Issues surrounding electricity, such as inadequate supply, soaring prices, and the environmental costs of power generation are becoming increasingly important across Canada.  Canadian consumers have the option to become much more efficient in their energy usage by installing a smart meter that can monitor and manage energy consumption in the home. Despite environmental issues coming…

Major smart meter pilot project launched in France

Electricité Réseau Distribution France (ERDF) has begun a major transformation of the electrical grid which will eventually replace 35 million electric meters with smart meters.  The huge project is getting underway with a pilot run of 300,000 meters. ERDF is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Group, one of the world’s largest players in the energy…

Toronto Hydro launches new smart meter program

Toronto Hydro announced on July 2 a new program designed to encourage customers with smart meters in their homes to change their consumption patterns to off-peak times.   Called “PowerShift,” the pilot project will help both the customer and Toronto Hydro better manage energy consumption.  PowerShift is available exclusively for customers that previously enrolled in…

Partnership formed to help companies reduce energy consumption

Spinwave Systems, a manufacturer of wireless sensors and controls that enable energy efficiency programs, and AscentIQ, an enterprise planning software firm, have forged a partnership to develop products that will help corporations reduce their energy consumption. Spinwave’s expertise in wireless sensors and controls combined with AscentIQ’s software platform that already integrates financial, business management, and…

With information consumers use less energy

Once consumers know how much energy they are using, they tend to use less.  Utility companies make a strong argument that smart meters give consumers that valuable information. Power companies across America are installing the advanced meter in millions of homes and businesses to combat soaring energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.  Smart meters measure…

New England power grid ready for advanced metering

The power grid in New England is already organized in a manner that readies it for handling periods of peak demand. Utilities in Vermont believe the best solution for handling peak demand is to rely on industrial and commercial customers to conserve energy during those periods, rather than put more stress on the power transmission…