February 28, 2010
What's so smart about 'smart meters?'
Like it or not, smart meters may be the future of power distribution. In the area served by the San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) there are already over 7,000 businesses "benefiting" from the new smart meters and there are plans to expand usage to residential customers as well. By the end of 2011 SDG&E projects that 1.4 million standard electric meters will be replaced with smart meters and an estimated 900,000 natural gas meters will be upgraded during that same time frame. SDG&E tells us that.Smart meters allow for two way communication between you and SDG&E. These meters record your energy use information daily. It's then remotely sent to SDG&E's computer data center for operations, billing and customer service. This means SDG&E will be able to better manage overall energy needs and quickly detect power outages as they happen.Maybe it's just me, but there is something unsettling about having a smart meter tracking my power consumption....(Read Full Post)