At present, utilities are able to provide general information from their electric meters about a customer’s energy use. This highly-generalized information is neither actionable nor useful. There is no practical notification for customers to take action such as repairing, upgrading, or testing their equipment for maximum and continuous savings. Through the SmartGrid Program, there are numerous new and existing technologies for energy efficiency and demand response that open opportunities for integration to more effectively save energy and reduce peak demands.
In addition, to date, most utilities with significant SmartMeter installations have not capitalized on making use of available information toward a specific action by their customers. Some utilities are providing interval data, energy use charts, and consumption statistics through their SmartMeters. However, this type of information is not actionable or useful for customers.
Lincus proposes to use existing technologies and its internally-developed energy efficiency software expertise to allow utilities and customers to become active participants in managing energy use with the dynamic information from the utility’s SmartMeter. Prior to this point, utilities have only been using their SmartGrid and Metering infrastructure for information gathering and to share non-actionable data with customers. With Lincus’ integrated SG, EE (and DR) approach in selected end-uses, we are giving utilities the right tools to provide valuable notices via e-mail signals that result in energy cost savings and demand reduction from the existing SmartGrid data and customer’s equipment.