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The future is now: Energy efficiency, demand response and advanced metering

Mark Lynch

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) sponsored a symposium entitled “The Future is Now: Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Advanced Metering” on June 27, 2007 in Albany, the capital of New York State.
 
More than 200 participants attended the event, which featured remarks from government and private sector leaders. Following are excerpts from the opening remarks of Mark S. Lynch, President and CEO of the NYISO:

The NYISO has responsibility for the safe and reliable operation of state’s bulk electricity grid and the fair and open administration of New York’s wholesale electricity markets. We play an integral role in assisting New York State to achieve its energy policy goals and we are pleased to host this event as part of that effort.

EU unveils energy efficiency action plan

An ‘Energy Efficiency Action Plan’ containing a package of priority measures covering a wide range of cost effective energy efficiency initiatives has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

The plan forms part of the EC’s plan to realise a more than 20% saving in primary energy consumption by 2020, and it calls for actions to make energy appliances, buildings, transport and energy generation more efficient.

Utility expands energy efficiency program

[img:PE%20Long%20Logo06.thumbnail.jpeg| ]St. Petersburg, FL, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 21, 2007 – Progress Energy Florida, with over 1.5 million customers in its 20,000 square mile service territory, is expanding an innovative program designed to assist families in low- income neighborhoods to save money on their energy bills. In partnership with the Florida Department of Community Affairs and the city of Perry, Progress Energy will install energy-efficiency improvements in up to 500 homes in Perry. Customers also will learn simple ways to manage their energy use. The Neighborhood Energy Saver program informs customers of the importance energy efficiency plays in saving energy dollars and reducing energy use.

South African utility considers energy efficiency program

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Jacob Maroga,
Chief Executive,
Eskom]Johannesburg, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- May 29, 2007 – South African electric utility Eskom is planning to introduce energy efficiency measures, including time of use tariffs and demand management programs, in an effort to meet growing demand for power in the country. Over the next five or six years Eskom will spend R10 billion ($1.4 billion) on implementing energy efficiency programs, in an effort to reduce demand by 500 MW a year.

ZigBee sees strong growth for energy management, efficiency solutions

[img:Tom%20Standish_0.jpg|Tom Standish,
President,
CenterPoint Energy
Group]San Ramon, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- May 17, 2007 – ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy, residential, commercial and industrial applications, today announced its members are joining forces and leveraging their global wireless and utility expertise to fight the predicted global energy crisis.

Integrating energy efficiency via online customer service applications


Conference: Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Presenter: Richard Huntley
Abstract: Presented by Richard Huntley at Metering, Billing/CIS America 2007

On July 31st EEI declared that the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency will help invigorate efforts to conserve and use energy more wisely.

EEI stated, “The National Action Plan, unveiled today during the summer meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with the participation of utilities, public utility commissions, energy consumers, and non-governmental groups.  The National Action Plan’s blueprint of options to consider sets a broad course for encouraging greater energy efficiency investment in the United States.”

One might ask, “What has this to do with customer service?”

The answer – Everything.

Whether or not the utility customer can effect a change in energy usage will depend on whether or not the customer has the programs, information and tools needed for such a change.
   
In this presentation, case studies from a variety of North American IOU utilities will be examined, all of which support the following points of the speaker’s thesis:

Many benefits from energy efficiency

[img:mikeshriberg2_0.jpg|Mike Shriberg,
Director
of Environment
Michigan and
co-author
of the report.]Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 5, 2007 – The Environment Michigan Research & Policy Center has released an in-depth study showing how clean energy can help revitalize Michigan’s economy. According to an innovative peer-reviewed model in Energizing Michigan’s Economy: Creating Jobs, Reducing Pollution with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Electric Power, strong commitments to renewable energy and energy efficiency would generate at least the following benefits (through 2020):

China looking at energy price hikes to encourage efficiency

chinese flagBeijing, China --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2007 – The Chinese government is considering an increase in the wholesale price of natural gas of up to 10 per cent – only the second increase since December 2005. The gas price prevailing in China, which is government regulated, is considerably lower than international averages.

Reducing greenhouse gases through energy efficiency

Edison LogoRosemead, CA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 27, 2007 – Southern California Edison (SCE) and its 4.7 million customers are the nation’s leaders in reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) through energy-efficiency, according to comprehensive customer program results released this week by California utilities.

SCE reports that total customer response to its energy-efficiency programs during the past five years has saved four billion kWh, and has reduced GHG emissions by more than two million tons. During the next two years, the utility forecasts its customers will save an additional two billion kWh, reducing GHG emissions by another one million tons.

“Our customers’ response to energy efficiency programs makes it clear home and business owners are ready to do their part to save energy and help protect the environment if offered how-to information and meaningful incentives,” said John Bryson, chairman of Southern California Edison’s parent company, Edison International.

Bryson advocated a three-part national strategy for reducing GHG emissions during the next decade – expanded cost-effective energy efficiency programs, a substantial increase in generation from renewable sources, and the development and commercialization of new technologies.

SCE was recognized as a national leader in energy efficiency this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The utility received the agencies’ 2007 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award in the program delivery category. This is the sixth time SCE has received an EPA and DOE award for the effectiveness of its energy-efficiency programs.

“We share this award with our customers,” said Lynda Ziegler, SCE senior vice president of customer service. “They are the ones who take the time to request one of our energy-efficiency rebates and then make the changes required to save energy and money.”

Southern California Gas Company and Pacific Gas & Electric also received ENERGY STAR® awards at an EPA-DOE recognition event March 21. SCE regularly collaborates with other California utilities on ways to enhance energy efficiency across California.

“With higher summer bills just ahead, we encourage business and residential customers to check out the financial incentives available this year through our energy efficiency and demand response programs,” said Ziegler. “For example, customers can save as much as $200 this summer season by enrolling in our Summer Discount Plan.”

Combining traditional energy efficiency programs with new technologies

[img:Dennis%20Wraase_0.jpg|Dennis Wraase,
Chairman of the Board,
President & CEO,
Pepco Holdings, Inc.]Salisbury, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 23, 2007– U.S.-based Delmarva Power has proposed an ambitious program for its Maryland customers that will combine traditional energy efficiency programs with innovative technologies to help customers manage their energy use and reduce the total cost of energy.

Metering and energy efficiency in Mexico

Since 1989, a number of programmes have been implemented in Mexico by the National Commission for Energy Conservation (Comisión Nacional para el Ahorro de Energía, Conae), the Trust Fund for Electricity Savings (Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía Eléctrica, FIDE) and other institutions. Conae is a decentralised administrative agency that is part of Mexico´s Energy Secretariat; FIDE is a private, non-profit organisation created by the national power utility.

Speeding up the introduction of energy efficiency standards

[img:secretary bodman(1)_0.jpg|Samuel W. Bodman,
Secretary,
U.S. Department of
Energy]Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- February 27, 2007 – The U.S. Congress is to consider legislation that recommends using a more streamlined rulemaking process for certain energy efficient products, when a clear consensus for a standard exists, to speed up the whole energy efficiency process. The legislation was submitted by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman.

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