24. June 2017 · Comments Off on Survey Reveals Consumer Perspectives on Smart Grid and Related Products and Services · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) today published the latest wave of its flagship “Consumer Pulse and Market Segmentation Study”, the industry’s longest-running analysis of consumers’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the smart grid, smart meters and related products and services. The “Consumer Pulse” study is a tracking survey of nationally-representative U.S. consumers, first published in 2011. The sixth wave of the survey, implemented in March 2017, reached 1,652 consumer through online consumer panels, sampled from each of the nine U.S. census divisions. For the first time, the “Consumer Pulse” survey showed that a majority of U.S. consumers have heard of smart meters and the smart grid, at 72 and 70 percent of consumers, respectively. This marks a significant increase from the previous wave, released in 2015.

Source: Survey Reveals Consumer Perspectives on Smart Grid and Related Products and Services

29. June 2016 · Comments Off on Chick-fil-A Stays Cool (and Safe) with IoT Sensors · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

Chick-fil-A, whose commercials feature chicken-shilling cattle, is using wireless sensors to monitor the temperature of walk-in coolers and freezers.

Source: Chick-fil-A Stays Cool (and Safe) with IoT Sensors

29. June 2016 · Comments Off on Record Enrollment in ComEd’s Smart Meter-Enabled Savings Program · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

When it gets hot this summer, nearly 160,000 ComEd customers enrolled in Peak Time Savings Program can power down to save cash

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The beginning of June marks the start of summer savings for ComEd customers who signed up for the smart meter-enabled Peak Time Savings program. This year nearly 160,000 ComEd customers are taking advantage of Peak Time Savings – record enrollment since the program began in 2014 – and from June 1 through September 30, program participants who voluntarily reduce energy usage during the Peak Time Savings hours will earn credits that appear in the form of dollars off on their next electric bill.

During the summer of 2016, ComEd will announce Peak Time Savings Hours on days when electricity is most in demand. Peak Time Savings Hours will typically occur for a few hours between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on three to five days during the summer. There is no penalty for not participating and customers can still participate in future Peak Time Savings Hours.

More than 52,000 customers saved $385,000 in just a few short hours last summer by reducing their electricity usage during high electric demand periods. ComEd is the first utility in the Midwest to offer this program to customers whose homes have been fitted with a smart meter.

“The Peak Time Savings program is another way our smart meter technology is bringing value to our customers,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations, ComEd. “Smart meters are at the heart of what we believe will become the electricity network of the future and we will continue to use smart grid technology as a platform to explore innovative solutions to provide customers with reliable electric service and more options on managing their electricity use and costs.”

Source: Record Enrollment in ComEd’s Smart Meter-Enabled Savings Program | Business Wire

29. June 2016 · Comments Off on Nest, energy companies find success with smart thermostats – SmartGridNews · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

The number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81 percent to 5.8 million in 2015.Credit: energy.gov That is according to Berg Insight research, which also reveals that the North American market recorded a 78 percent growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million and the European market recorded growth 90 percent year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.For energy companies, smart thermostats open up new possibilities to introduce consumer friendly demand response and energy-efficiency programs, which can enable significant capital savings as lower peak load can reduce expenditures on reserve power generation and the need to purchase energy on the spot market.

Source: Nest, energy companies find success with smart thermostats – SmartGridNews

02. February 2016 · Comments Off on Only 23% of people aware of smart meters · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Only 23% of people are aware of smart meters and understand them.Claire Maugham, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, told ELN those householders are “loving” the technology.Smart Energy GB is the national campaign for the smart meter rollout.

Source: Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Only 23% of people aware of smart meters