The U.S. Commercial Service’s International Buyer Program (IBP) has attracted a number of international Smart Grid delegates to Washington, D.C. this week for GridWeek 2012 that runs Oct. 2-4, 2012. In addressing the opening session of GridWeek 2012, Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn today said that the nation’s electric utilities are on target to install more than 65 million smart meters by 2015—representing more than half the nation’s households. Kuhn described how digital smart meters in place of analog electric meters will give consumers a better understanding of their home’s electricity use. Smart meters also will enable tools that consumers can use to manage their home’s electricity use more carefully.
“A great example is the Green Button program,” Kuhn said. “To date, 20 utilities—representing almost 30 percent of the nation’s residential customers—have created, or have committed to the White House led initiative by creating a “Green Button” on their website. This will enable their customers to download their home’s energy use data whenever they want it. And 36 technology companies are now developing apps to use the Green Button data.”