Officials from the village of Frankfort, New York, have been were recognized by the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYSCOM) for their “forward-thinking and with an eye toward the village’s bottom line” for installing smart electronic water and electric metering devices throughout the town’s service areas.
Lowe’s is now selling the PowerCost Monitor and its WiFi Gateway plug and play accessory, which enables real-time energy feeds to Microsoft Hohm and Google PowerMeter. The PowerCost Monitor is available in Lowe’s stores located in 24 states, including California, Washington, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York.
The New York State Public Service Commission has initiated a proceeding to determine what regulatory policies will best promote development of the smart grid. Commission Chairman Garry Brown says, “The smart grid and the modernization of the electric grid hold great potential for the state’s ratepayers. However, the Commission must be very thoughtful and deliberate before it decides whether to invest ratepayer money in the smart grid over the next decade. This proceeding will help us discover the opportunities and pitfalls that might exist.”
United States utility giant Con Edison has released an animated video on the company’s Web site to promote the smart grid and to educate the public on the technologies being employed and deployed to modernize the electric grid such as self-healing capabilities, two-way data exchange between customers and utilities, and real-time information on energy use.
Con Edison Chairman and CEO Kevin Burke told shareholders that the world is going through rapid changes and utilities have to embrace new technologies and find new pays to power the planet. “Advances in technology are reshaping our customers’ lives and the energy industry,” he said, adding that energy efficiency is about “maintaining our customers’ lifestyle needs with less energy.”