24 May '12, 9pm

1/3 of U.S. Homes Now Have Smart Meters

1/3 of U.S. Homes Now Have Smart Meters

Utilities around the U.S. are cranking out smart meters. A new report by the Institute for Electric Efficiency states that as of May 2012, almost one-third of households have a smart meter compared to one-fourth in September 2011, a huge increase in just eight months. The installations will continue to chug along with one-half of homes likely to have the meters by 2015. Despite protests and the spreading of opt-out requirements by state regulators, utilities are still speeding along toward a better connected grid -- by the end of this year, 22 electric utilities in 16 states will have smart meters installed system wide. This is great news for many reasons. Smart meters help utilities to better manage power supply and demand by giving them real-time energy use information. They also help customers for the same reason. © Institute for Electric Efficiency Many utilities offer...

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