A map of smart meter installations by state provided by the Institute for Electric Efficiency illustrates progress. As of May 2012, 36 million smart meters have been installed across the country. By 2015, approximately 65 million smart meters are expected to be installed—that’s more than half of all U.S. households.
I Want To Be Empowered
Smart Meters are letting people take control of their energy use - and energy bills - to a new level. It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or 30-room mansion. By tracking when and how you use electricity at home, Smart Meters help you identify ways you can waste less energy and that translates into more money in your bank account and a cleaner planet.
Learn more about how Smart Grid and Smart Meters are helping guarantee America's future by getting energy usage under control, today.
- Enables easy-to-use tools like simple online displays of energy use and prices and set-and-forget home energy management tools
- Facilitates broad-scale electric vehicle charging so that reliable, low-cost ways to recharge it anytime, anywhere exist
- Will generate tens of thousands of Smart Grid related jobs over the next decade
- Real-time pricing information helped consumers reduce their electricity costs 10% on average and their peak consumption by 15%
- Consumers discuss their in-home energy monitors
- Online Smart Meter Analysis Achieves Sustained Energy Reductions: Results from Five Communities
- Will I have to pay for a smart meter?
- How is the smart meter information transmitted?
- Will the communications system interfere with equipment in my home or business?
- Can I purchase and install or remove my own meter?
- Will a smart meter give my utility control over how and when I use energy?
Details will vary based on the technology but an example is that you will be able to see online usage reports as recent as the previous day. Residential customers will see usage in hourly increments; business customers will see usage in 15-minute increments.
The smart grid empowers customers by creating the foundation necessary for a number of new technology-driven energy alternatives, emission reductions, efficiency improvements, a shift to a lower emitting fuel for transportation, and encourages more energy efficiency by providing real-time energy usage data to customers. Research shows that when customers know how much energy they’re using, they will reduce their use by 5 to 10 percent. Additionally, the smart grid promotes integration of the vast amount of renewable energy that is currently being mandated and that is already in the pipeline for development.
- A smart grid senses problems and reroutes power automatically. This prevents some outages and reduces the length of those that do occur.
- A smart grid helps meet growing demand for electricity while limiting the need to invest in new power plants.
- A smart grid delivers the power “quality” necessary to run our increasingly digital homes – power with fewer sags, spikes, and interruptions.
- Smart grid reduces greenhouse gas emissions by making it easier to connect renewable energy sources to the electricity grid.
- Smart grid and smart meters help consumers save money by providing near real time energy usage information and the ability to manage electricity use.
- Smart grid and smart meters make it easier for utilities to offer new kinds of rate plans to help customers manage energy usage and cost -- for example, by shifting some types of usage to times of day when electricity costs less.
- Smart meters eliminate the need for meter reading – instead, usage information is transmitted directly to the utility for timely, accurate billing. There is never a need to send an estimated bill to the customer.