28 Sep '11, 6pm

Smart Grid Roundup: Home Networks, Smart Meters, and Telecoms Join the Fray: Home energy management is touted

Home energy management is touted by some as one of the revolutions enabled by smart grid. But who’s going to pay for all of this stuff? Well, Oklahoma Gas & Electric is going to pay for at least 40,000 smart thermostats from Energate to achieve 70 megawatts in peak load reduction from residential and small commercial customers. Utilities are starting to pay for these expensive devices up to a certain point because buying peak energy or building new generation is a lot more expensive. OG&E will be about two-thirds of the way into installing nearly 800,000 smart meters by the end of the year, which will give the utility information about who might benefit most from being enrolled in a demand response program. But it won’t be as simple as just picking the biggest home energy hogs, said Mike Farrell, Director of Customer Programs at OG&E. The utility is looking to capture a br...

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