Cambridge, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — December 22, 2009 – Consumer energy display provider Green Energy Options Ltd and Echelon Corporation have announced a collaboration to develop energy displays for Echelon’s Networked Energy Services (NES) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solution.
The U.K. government recently confirmed plans that require all households to have smart meters by 2020, with each home also being supplied with a real time energy display.
Green Energy Options’ energy displays use ZigBee wireless protocols to communicate directly with Echelon’s range of NES smart meters, providing current and historical energy use, pricing information, and energy performance comparisons to consumers in real time using a portable, graphically rich display.
In addition to the energy displays for smart metering applications, the company also manufactures smart energy plugs using Echelon’s power line communications technology to remotely control home appliances and measure energy use of individual appliances.
“The U.K. government is serious about changing energy consumption behavior and the first step in enabling this change is showing consumers when and where they use the most energy,” said Patrick Caiger-Smith, CEO of Green Energy Options. “Consumers can reduce energy use and save money, and collectively we can affect climate change by learning to use energy more wisely.”
“Moving forward, complete automation of the grid will become the norm, and this will be based on real time energy use information,” added Mark Ossel, Echelon’s vice president of Energy & Utility. “Extending the NES System by working with companies like Green Energy Options makes it the key piece of the smart grid infrastructure that informs and engages consumers.”