San Mateo, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 15, 2010 – Kansas’s largest electrical energy supplier Westar Energy has selected smart grid management software provider eMeter’s EnergyIP software platform to commence its SmartStar program in Lawrence, KS.
Designed to give customers better insight into electricity use and cost information, the SmartStar program became a reality with a $19 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Investment Grant program.
“Westar strongly believes that our customers should come first,” said the company’s president and CEO, Bill Moore. “For this reason, we are installing the smart grid software platform before meter deployment to deliver a reliable and scalable system that immediately provides customers with accurate information on their energy use.”
After a rigorous evaluation process, Westar Energy selected eMeter to provide the technologies that will engage Westar Energy’s customers and give them daily access into their electricity use and its costs. With eMeter’s Energy Engage customers can receive this information via the web, emails or even text alerts making it easy for them to adjust their energy use and focus on energy conservation. Additionally, the new technology will allow Westar Energy to better connect renewable energy sources into the grid and prepare the grid for future energy needs including the integration of electric vehicles.
“We are excited about working with Westar Energy on a blueprint for achieving their business and customer goals,” said Gary Bloom, CEO at eMeter. “It’s clear that utilities are ready to put the DOE funding to work – now.”