Utility plans phased introduction of smart meters


Raymond P. Necci,
CL&P President
Berlin, CT, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 9, 2007 – The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) which filed information with state regulators earlier this year for the deployment of an AMI system based on EPRI’s IntelliGrid architecture, is planning to introduce smart meters in several phases, depending on customer interest in the new technology. CL&P has close to 1.2 million customers.

“These meters are an important technological step forward in helping Connecticut regain control of its energy future, by delivering a real solution to existing challenges,” said CL&P President Raymond P. Necci. “We are excited by the possibilities that Open AMI can make available to our customers. With it, the smart homes of tomorrow will be here soon for CL&P’s customers.”

More recently the utility has submitted a proposal to the state Department of Public Utility Control covering the deployment of 10,000 cellular-digital smart meters by the beginning of 2008. The utility says these meters cost $1000 each to install, and it is proposing that all its customers contribute to the cost of installation – estimated at about $10 per customer.

CL&P wants to evaluate customer reaction to the meters, particularly in the areas of time-of-use tariffs and demand response initiatives, and to launch a campaign to educate customers to become more energy aware and energy efficient. The mesh network technology would be rolled out to all customers in the second and third phases, once the benefits of smart meters had been communicated and accepted.