Good article from Forbes.com about how Smart Meters and Smart Grid can help empower consumers and create a more sustainable smart energy future.
According to the article, Research by the U.S. Department of Energy reinforces these conclusions. A 2009 pilot study involving 3,000 electric customers in Maine found that 70 percent of participants modified their behavior when provided with weekly updates detailing energy use and costs. Overall, these changes resulted in a 1.8 percent reduction of energy consumption per participant. Also compelling are cost savings by the energy provider, Central Maine Power (CMP). Because smart meters enabled CMP to conduct meter readings and service changes remotely, the company saved approximately $6.7 million in 2013, according to the report.
Note: Central Maine Power is a Trilliant customer.
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