Conference: Metering, Billing/CIS America
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Presenter: Tom Walker
Abstract: Presented by Tom Walker at Metering, Billing/CIS America

Edison SmartConnect™, Southern California Edison’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program, will replace today’s electric meters with “next generation” smart meters that improve customer service and empower customers to proactively manage their energy use and save money by participating in new programs with time-differentiated rates and demand response options.  Between 2009 and 2012, SCE plans to replace 5 million electric meters for residential and commercial customers below 200 kilowatts in demand with “next generation” smart meters.  SCE’s smart meters will enable these customers to achieve a “connected home of the future”.

Customer & Environmental Benefits of a Connected Home

The Edison SmartConnect system will allow customers with communicating, energy-smart thermostats and appliances to automatically respond during critical peak pricing and grid reliability events.  This will reduce the overall peak power consumption by an estimated 1,000 megawatts – the entire output of a major power plant. 

SCE’s new meters will also be able to “talk” through home area networks, providing customers with near real-time energy use and cost information to enable energy conservation.  The Edison SmartConnect system has the ability to provide the information from the meter into the home through a two-way wireless interface allowing customers to immediately see how their actions affect usage.  The result is expected to increase sustained energy conservation that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollutants by a minimum of 365,000 metric tons per year – the equivalent of removing the pollution created by 77,000 passenger cars operating on the road.

The system will make remote service activations possible, enabling the approximate 1 million SCE customers who relocate each year to activate service on demand.  Customers will be able to receive real-time energy messages through their home thermostat, with critical peak power alerts that allow customers to adjust their energy use.  It will also support widespread adoption of solar installations, plug in hybrid vehicles, energy storage, and other clean technologies that will drive greater environmental benefits.