Georgia, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] GE Energy and Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP), announced that it will deploy 10,000 GE Energy smart meters in a pilot project in South Bend, Indiana, that will begin January 1, 2009.The pilot program will allow consumers to track their electricity consumption and help them to control their energy costs. AEP will also deploy a variety of GE Energy smart grid technologies that will help it improve productivity and power reliability, increase energy efficiency, more quickly restore power after an outage and reduce the need for new power plants, the company said.
“Smart grid solutions enable utilities to increase energy productivity and power reliability while empowering consumers to better manage their electricity consumption and costs through real-time knowledge exchange,” said Bob Gilligan, vice president of GE Energy’s transmission and distribution business. “This will help electricity customers and consumers lower their carbon footprints, without having to compromise lifestyle or habits.”
According to a one-year study by the U.S. Department of Energy, smart meters achieved 10 percent overall electricity conservation and a 15 percent reduction in peak time electricity use.