Oklahoma Gas and Electric is getting on board with the inevitable – smart grids. They’ve paired up with Greenbox Technology and Silver Spring Networks to provide an interactive energy management platform for users.
The program uses a web-based interface to help users manage their energy consumption, and cut their bills down through tracking habits and conservation. While not that different from the many programs we’ve seen lately, Greenbox is pretty cool in that it sends users email reports and alerts about what’s going on in their home, educating them about pricing, historical trends, and making the whole concept very user friendly. They interface with Silver Spring Networks, which supports all the applications Greenbox utilizes.
The hand-holding of Greenbox, Silver Sling Networks and OG&E underscores all the happy connections different agencies have to make to get something like a smart grid up and running – a really, really tough thing to do. The program is a bit of a trial run, and will be the guinea pig for larger scale deployment of smart grid programs. Hopefully, it works smoothy, and we can see some set-ups happening on a national scale.
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