Bastrop, TX, and Orlando, FL, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 21, 2010 – The installation of the first full-scale rollout of eMeter’s Energy Engage customer web portal has been completed on-site at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative by Siemens Energy.
The portal, named Net Energy Market, was deployed on top of the eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data Management platform in order to provide Bluebonnet’s consumers easily accessible and understandable daily usage and cost information. With the information collected, the customer will be able to assess the implications of variable rate pricing as regulators consider moving to time-of-use (TOU) and event-based rates in the future.
“We believe our members have a fundamental right to know on a daily basis how much electricity they are using and what it costs,” said Mark Rose, CEO of Bluebonnet Electric. “For the first time, our members will be able see and actively manage their electric use, and potentially lower their bill.”
Users of the Net Energy Market will see a display with their current bill, what their bill is projected to be, how their current use compares to the previous month and their environmental impact. They can also see this information on a daily basis for each billing period, initially going back three months, but eventually going back up to13 months.
A key feature of the Net Energy Market is the ability for members to receive text messages, emails or phone alerts when their electric use exceeds a dollar amount they established in their account profile.
Bluebonnet members also will be able to receive paperless bills, pay bills online and get tips on how to cut energy costs, be more energy efficient and reduce their environmental impact.
One feature that will be added to Bluebonnet’s Net Energy Market in the future is a smart phone application that will give members full access to their account information from mobile devices. Weather information, trends and forecasts also will be incorporated to show how temperatures affect energy use.
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative serves more than 80,000 meters and owns and maintains about 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 central Texas counties.