Monday, 9 March 2009

“Smart metering will revolutionise energy management and grid reliability”

The US industry has welcomed the signing into law of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its ambitious provisions to modernise the U.S. electricity grid.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains specific provisions for the establishment of a $4.2 billion grant programme that will support the rollout of smart grid and smart metering projects across the country. Smart metering solutions provide utilities with a two-way flow of data required to manage energy use, efficiency, demand response and network protection. Consumers benefit from improved usage information and with it, the ability to reduce overall energy costs and carbon footprints.

Terming the development as a “huge victory for forward-looking utilities and consumers”, Richard Mora, CEO of Landis+Gyr North America said, “National demand for electricity is growing three times faster than power resources are being added, making energy conservation critical. The federal government has now joined in the drive to build a smart and dynamic grid infrastructure.”

“Make no mistake, smart metering will revolutionise energy management and grid reliability across the country,” Mora said.

Landis+Gyr pointd out that the potential benefits are enormous. A recent Brattle Group study found that just a five percent drop in peak demand nationally would eliminate the need for installing and running some 625 infrequently used peaking power plants, translating into annual savings of approximately $3 billion. The Department of Energy recently estimated that if the US grid were just five percent more efficient, it would be the equivalent of eliminating the fuel and greenhouse gas emissions of 53 million cars.

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