Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 17, 2011 – GRID 21 has been launched by the GridWise Alliance in the United States as a non-profit committed to engaging electricity customers in using a new generation of tools and technologies to better manage their electricity consumption.
GRID 21 is intended to build on the work of the GridWise Alliance to date and will offer a platform for a variety of programs around the country by providing programs, tools, and information to consumers about smart grid, promoting the development and deployment of diverse tools, and ensuring that impacts and benefits are carefully measured.
GRID 21 will be led by Steve Hauser, a founding member of the GridWise Alliance and vice president of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), who has been named its executive director.
“GRID 21 is a natural outgrowth of the GridWise Alliance’s efforts to create a new strategy for the organization and to find effective ways to increase its impact directly with the industry,” commented Hauser. “It is important for us to build on the current range of projects being implemented across the country, and I’m excited to make GRID 21 a key contributor to the success of these and many more projects to come.”
GRID 21’s first activity is a Biggest Energy Saver Campaign, which is being undertaken in partnership with Texas-based Oncor and CenterPoint Energy, San Diego Gas & Electric in California, Itron, Landis+Gyr, and IBM, with the aim to jumpstart the market for customer friendly energy management tools, while demonstrating the benefits made possible by using information from smart meter technology. Activities will include a customer savings contest and a nationwide call to create applications that will enable customers to better monitor and control their home energy usage, with prizes totaling up to $150,000.