As smart meter usage expands, so do questions about the ways utilities and other companies can harness energy data to advance grid technology.
U.S. energy consumers are increasingly aware and broadly supportive of the smart grid, but relatively few of them participate in most smart-grid related programs and products, according to a study released last week.
Two advocacy groups have been working with Illinois utility ComEd to quantify the greenhouse gas emission benefits provided by smart meters, though the process is complicated and has drawn criticism from another major utility.
The number of smart electric meters installed in homes, businesses and industries across the Midwest more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2015, according to an analysis by Midwest Energy News of recently released government data.
An Illinois utility’s plan to accelerate and expand deployment of smart meters won approval from state regulators Thursday.
Chicago’s Commonwealth Edison has agreed to test whether customers with smart electric meters use less power and cause less damage to the environment than consumers with conventional meters.
Michigan activists continue to face a series of legal, regulatory and legislative setbacks in their effort to stop the broad distribution of smart meters by major utilities.
Two groups are pushing for Illinois regulators to require time-of-use pricing to charge customers more accurately for the price of electricity at the time they use it.
An Ohio utility wants state regulators to let it disconnect some delinquent customers from electric utility service without any in-person visit to their home.
Illinois nonprofits target “hard to reach populations” to help them understand how they can fully benefit from smart meters.