Originally published: April 20, 2009
Last updated: April 20, 2009 - 9:24pm
The City of Miami announced a proposal on Monday to install 1 million two-way "smart meters" to all Miami residents over the next two years in what would be the most comprehensive smart-grid program in the US. The installation of meters with a wireless Internet connection will allow consumers get detailed home energy usage information from the Web. With the up-to-the minute data, consumers are expected to take steps to lower their consumption. About 1,000 consumers will get in-home energy display from GE, called an EcoDashboard, and have smart-meter-controlled appliances and thermostats. These people will also participate in a demand-response program that will allow the utility to adjust appliances to throttle down electricity use during peak times. The project, which will total $700 million across the state, also calls for adding Internet connectivity to substations and other hardware along the distribution grid, which will allow the utilty to prevent or quickly fix outages.
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