Ottawa, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 13, 2007 – The world’s largest deployment of real-time displays for tracking electricity consumption is nearing completion at Hydro One in northern Ontario, Canada, and residents report reductions in their electricity bills of up to 20%. The deployment is being handled by Blue Line Innovations, maker of the PowerCost Monitor and a company offering conservation and demand-side management solutions to the energy sector.
Close to 30,000 of the devices have been distributed to Hydro One customers in northern Ontario. The utility offered the devices at no cost; the normal retail price is $150.
The PowerCost Monitor gives users real-time feedback on their electricity consumption. Its smart technology shows homeowners how much electricity is costing them from moment to moment in real time, in dollars and cents. Users have seen reductions of up to 20% on their hydro bill.
Jay McMillan, VP Sales and Marketing, of Blue Line Innovations, said that the company was extremely pleased with the Northern Ontario program. "Communities across northern Ontario responded positively to the Hydro One program and to the PowerCost Monitor. It is gratifying to see the success of the program and to see our technology helping consumers conserve energy and put money back into the family budget. It’s a great complementary tool to the smart meter initiative in northern Ontario.”
On the strength of the northern Ontario program, Blue Line Innovations received the Association of Energy Service Professionals Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Technology Deployment of the Year (2006).