MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 21, 2010
That brings the total to 5 million in the Lone Star State. But will lawsuits follow?
Landis + Gyr will install over 1 million gas and electricity smart meters for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas bringing the total number of meters for which Landis is under contract for that state to over five million.
CPS serves approximately 707,000 electricity customers and 322,000 natural gas customers in the region. The utility wants to gets its smart meter network fully operational by 2015. Like smart meter deployments elsewhere, CPS’ network will grow in size and complexity as time goes on. More >
Apr 2, 2010
In our latest installment of smart meter anguish:
· Oncor gets sued by a couple alleging their electricity bill jumped after a smart meter was installed. Oncor says the suit is nonsense and that higher bills are the result of unusually cold weather. However, on Thursday WFAA reported that Oncor told the Texas PUC that 1,837 customers had been overbilled since smart meters were deployed due to installers misreading the old meters after putting in new ones.
Oncor Side-By-Side Meter Comparison Draws Mixed Reaction While test results from meter comparisons made Monday appear accurate, some customers say they want further proof from an independent study.
Reporter: Bernadette Flores and Micah WilliamsOncor Conducts Side-By-Side Meter Comparisons
TEMPLE (March 09, 2010)-One utility company is making efforts to restore consumer confidence in its new smart meters after months of complaints from its customers over high electric bills,
Oncor Electric Delivery began doing side-by-side meter comparisons last week in Temple between its new digital ‘Smart’ meters and the old, recently replaced analog meters.
Temple resident Barry Holmes said More >
FEBRUARY 10, 2010The 2010 North American Utility Smart Grid Deployment Survey
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One thing is clear; many North American utility executives hold smart grid initiatives as a very high priority. 70% of survey respondents regard smart grid projects as either a strong priority or the highest priority relative to their overall business plans between now and 2015. In addition to the data provided in the chart below, 87% of survey respondents claim that senior management at their respective utilities is assigning special importance to smart grid initiatives.
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Feb 15, 2010
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) says the Smart Grid will cost $165 billion over the next 20 years. But, you might ask, what all does that estimate include? And is the price tag something to get that excited about when the same organization said last year that business losses and damages from power interruptions and fluctuations cost the economy about $100 billion?
The coming Smart Grid will be able to do a lot of things: provide reliable, green, secure electricity and a stable energy future for the country. It’s also expected to cost a lot of dollars: about More >
Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — Consumer backlash and cost concerns may cause delays in the nationwide rollout of “smart” utility meters at the center of the Obama administration’s $8 billion push to update the U.S. electricity grid. PG&E Corp., owner of California’s largest utility, halted meter installations in Bakersfield, north of Los Angeles, after hundreds of customers complained that readings weren’t accurate. The meters, part of a so-called smart-grid initiative billed as clearing the way for more renewable-energy use, are designed to help consumers conserve power during periods of peak demand.