April 7, 2010 – The Climate Group together with 45 energy, investment and IT firms, have joined forces this week to call on US president Obama to support the roll out of advanced smart meters for every household and business in the US, as part of the stimulus package already earmarked for smart grid projects..
The coalition asks the administration to " adopt the goal of giving every household and business access to timely, useful and actionable information on their energy use".
Specifically, the group recommends that the administration launch a White House-led research programme to work out the best way of providing consumers and businesses with energy use information, while establishing effective privacy rules.
It also called for the administration to direct federal agencies to ensure that the availability of energy data forms part of a wide range of existing low carbon and energy projects, such as Obama’s home weatherisation, energy efficiency grants, appliance standards, home and commercial building programs, and clean tech R&D funding programmes.
The group added that there was a strong commercial case for supporting the roll out of smart meters and smart appliances capable of automatically turning off when not in use, noting that studies have shown they can help to cut household energy use by around 15 per cent.
Most of the companies signed up to the group have a vested interest in the development of new smart meter and smart appliance technologies.