The UK smart meter transition: industry structure, market power, and interoperability

The UK government started an energy digital smart meter rollout in 2008, an “… £11bn scheme to put 53m devices in 30m homes and small businesses by 2020” to yield an estimated gross benefit of £16.7bn. Calling the rollout a disaster would be generous — it’s behind schedule, about £1bn over budget, and full of technical … More The UK smart meter transition: industry structure, market power, and interoperability

Smart meters help consumers avoid wasting money on energy efficiency

Analysis of a randomised-controlled trial on a sample of almost 2500 Irish households revealed one surprising result: compared to the control group, households provided with a smart meter, detailed feedback on usage, and time-of-use pricing reduced investment in energy efficiency projects. While this unexpected development appears treated by the researchers as an embarrassment to be overcome, the result should … More Smart meters help consumers avoid wasting money on energy efficiency

Smart shopping for electric power just got easier in Houston

Michael Giberson CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-area electric distribution company, has launched MyTrueCost.com to help area retail electric customers shop for electric power. Help may be needed: currently 43 companies offer a total of 239 different service options in the CenterPoint service territory according to data from Powertochoose.org, the Texas PUC’s retail power website. The basic … More Smart shopping for electric power just got easier in Houston

Power consumption reaches new peaks in Texas, ERCOT narrowly avoids rolling blackouts

Michael Giberson Much in the news in Texas these past few weeks have been new peak power records and several grid emergency conditions which saw the ERCOT power system narrowly avoid rolling blackout a time or two. Tom Fowler of the Houston Chronicle‘s Fuel Fix blog has been tracking the story closely, see selected links … More Power consumption reaches new peaks in Texas, ERCOT narrowly avoids rolling blackouts

Faruqui and Toney debate smart meters and dynamic pricing

Michael Giberson Dr. Ahmad Faruqui of The Brattle Group and Dr. Mark Toney of TURN discuss dynamic pricing for retail electric customers in a February 17, 2011 event in San Francisco. Part 1: Part 2 Q&A: I’ve only had time to watch a bit of this, but with Faruqui and Toney the program is self-recommending … More Faruqui and Toney debate smart meters and dynamic pricing

A reporter with an in-home energy monitor and a blog

Michael Giberson After months of paying a ‘smart meter’ surcharge on his power bill, Houston Chronicle energy reporter Tom Fowler finally had a smart meter installed by CenterPoint Energy several weeks back and more recently an in-home energy monitor. He’s blogging the revolution: Never mind tomorrow, what can a smart meter do today? My smart meter … More A reporter with an in-home energy monitor and a blog

Technology + dynamic pricing conserves water too (duh)

Lynne Kiesling I love this story; it’s like Knowledge Problem + Aguanomics = individual choice, efficiency, conservation, and elegance. Water conservation is a large and growing concern, in large part because our public policy does such an abominable job of creating a framework/market design to send good scarcity signals to diverse individual users, and to … More Technology + dynamic pricing conserves water too (duh)

Smart meter vs. standard meter (with photos!)

Michael Giberson Oncor has been testing smart meters in part by monitoring several several homes with side-by-side smart meter/standard meter pairs.  (See week four results from Killeen, Texas; week four results from Temple, Texas; week four results from the DFW area will be posted tomorrow, April 7, assuming Oncor sticks with their schedule.)  So far … More Smart meter vs. standard meter (with photos!)

High bills lead couple to file smart meter lawsuit against Oncor

Michael Giberson Elizabeth Souder, the Dallas Morning News, reports on a lawsuit filed against Dallas-based wires utility Oncor claiming fraud and negligence associated with the company’s installation of smart meters.  The lawsuit can be viewed at the newly established website http://www.oncorlawsuit.com.  The suit seeks class action status on behalf “all consumers in Oncor’s service area … More High bills lead couple to file smart meter lawsuit against Oncor