I have a new smart meter on my house, and I'm far from the only one. The number of smart meters installed across the country is growing quickly. Smart meters are digital, rather than analog, equipment to measure the amount of electricity each customer uses. However, smart meters are able to collect more data than just the electricity that has been used, they can also track the amount of electricity used as well as when it was used. Smart meters also are often equipped with wireless two-way communication for easier meter reading, among other uses.
The White House recently announced an agreement with nine "major electricity suppliers" under which consumers will be able to get access to data about their own energy use. In addition to getting the information themselves, this would allow consumers to use third-party applications to track their energy use and "empower consumers to make wiser energy decisions." Congressional representative Ed Markey plans to introduce legislation that would require this information to be available to all consumers.
written by Dan, March 26, 2012