The New York State Electric and Gas Company (NYSEG) launched a programme aimed at increasing consumer awareness on the benefits of the Energy Smart Community programme.NYSEG partnered with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and energy services company AvanGrid to improve energy stakeholders' awareness on the advantages of a smart grid being developed under the utility's Energy Smart Community programme.
The three parties will host some seven workshops informing consumers on the status of the Energy Smart Community initiative as well as how to make use of technologies being deployed under the programme.
Under the Energy Smart Community project, NYSEG is developing and piloting energy technologies and business models that can be used to improve management of grid networks and integration with distributed energy resources through a two-way communication with customers and grid assets.
The project is being deployed in Tompkins County and is expected to help the County reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 2008 levels by 2050.
NYSEG will replace existing analogue electric meters with smart meters to help some 12,400 residential and business customers in northeast Tompkins County track their electricity usage in real time.
The energy provider will also deploy some 7, 300 smart meters for its gas customers in the service territory.
With the smart meters, consumers will be able to track hourly and daily energy usage using an online portal or mobile devices.
The smart meters will help NYSEG improve its billing accuracy and reduce costs associated with manual meter reading.
Planning rollout of the Energy Smart Community
The news follows an announcement made in early February by AvanGrid that its selected Itron’s OpenWay Riva solution to lay the foundation for the Energy Smart Community.
In a combined statement, AvanGrid said Itron's OpenWay Riva solution will serve as the foundation for the energy smart community project with a highly secure, multi-application network infrastructure.
The solution features distributed computing power throughout the network, enabling real-time analysis of data and peer-to-peer communication among intelligent devices at the edge the network.
These capabilities will enable AVANGRID to manage rapidly changing grid conditions and deliver new services and value to customers of NYSEG.
The company will also benefit from the solution’s adaptive communications technology, which will deliver high-performance communications with optimised connectivity in a single, unified network and communication solution. [New York improves energy security with solar energy].
“Itron is honoured to work alongside this progressive company as it explores the possibilities of an ‘Active Grid’ that is more efficient, reliable and responsive to customer needs and energy policy objectives,” said Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s Electricity business line.
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