Google was the first to step into the Smart Grid application with their PowerMeter monitoring system. PowerMeter is a free energy monitoring tool to raise awareness about the importance of giving people access to their energy information. PowerMeter included key features like visualizations of your energy usage, the ability share information with others, and personalized recommendations to save energy.
It’s mainly a web-based portal which is used to display the power usage inside the customers’ homes. They wondered if there is another way to get the data other than using smart meter. The problem with smart meter is that the majority of the population will not have smart meter in the next 10 years. The often-mentioned alternative solution for smart meter is getting the data over broadband connection.
Policy makers assume that greatly expanded use of renewable energy resources in the United States will help to offset the impacts of carbon emissions from thermal and fossil energy, meet demand uncertainty, and to some extent, increase reliability of delivery.
Nest is a smart thermostat that learns when you wake up, when you go to sleep, and what temperature you like the room during the day. Each time you twist the dial, it remembers and adjusts itself accordingly. The temperature can also be adjusted from a smart phone app. Nest was built and designed by the same man who built Apple’s iPod, Tony Fadell.
Smartphones have become a fundamental mobile tool for work/life management. Outside the utility’s walls, virtually every single ratepayer has a mobile phone. According to Wikipedia 87 percent of the world population own a cell phone. This means that cell phones are one of the most important devices in the human life. Most of the Smart Grid vendors realized the importance of the mobile applications and start to develop their own mobile applications which can be used to offer new Smart Grid savings.
Smart Grid programs are proliferating, and now, there’s a smartphone application designed to make cashing in on smart energy incentives easier for commercial customers. The VirtuWatt app from Constellation Energy is a mobile platform designed to allow Constellation Energy customers to monitor their power usage and manage their participation in load response programs that offer compensation for reducing energy use during periods of peak demand.
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