Beginning in June, the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) will start deploying advanced digital electric meters throughout its Maryland service area. The meter exchange program is the first phase in the utility’s long-term investment to build a smart power grid that will help customers better manage their energy use and costs and improve customer service and reliability.
Earlier this year, energy efficiency company OPower said it wanted to double its utility company clients from 50 to 100 in 2011. Two new deals move the company only incrementally toward that goal, but the scale of the projects underscores OPower’s domination in the customer engagement arena.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) has finalized an agreement with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a $200 million federal stimulus grant in support of a comprehensive Smart Grid initiative that the utility claims will save consumers an estimated $2.6 billion over the life of the project. Implementation of the Smart Grid initiative is contingent upon approval by the Maryland Public Service Commission.(PSC)