TXU smart meter rollout begins


TXU LogoDallas, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 5, 2007 – U.S. utility TXU has started the rollout of its new smart meters, and the company says that demand response trials last year were successful in cutting peak demand. The plan is to install about 300,000 new meters in 2007.

A utility spokesman said that TXU Electric will offer another version of its TOU rates this year as deployment of the smart meters continues, and as more of its transmission network is connected to the smart grid. This work is being done together with Current Communications, which is supervising installation of the devices along TXU’s transmission system that will enable it to offer broadband Internet, voice communications and video-on-demand services via TXU’s wires.

Last year’s demand response pilot program offered consumers a discount on the normal tariff of 15 cents per kWh for energy use during off-peak hours. During peak periods, however, the rate climbed to almost 30 cents per kWh. Details of the new offering have not yet been announced.