In the US, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) has launched a new ‘Student Innovation Challenge’, which tasks college students to create smart meter-related products, services or software apps that will help empower low-income customers to use their home’s smart meter to manage their electric bill and save energy.

The Student Innovation Challenge is part of ComEd’s Smart Grid Exchange, an initiative to develop a range of solutions, partnerships and programmes that can work with the smart grid to deliver increased value to customers.

Val Jensen, senior vice president of customer operations at ComEd, said: “Our aim is to maximize the value our customers realise from our investment in smart grid technology.

“We are excited to tap into the creativity and resources of the colleges and universities in our communities to help bring this value to our economically disadvantaged communities.”

Entrance to the challenge is open to students attending college or university within the energy company’s service area.

They will compete for a share of US$10,000.

ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the US state’s population.

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