OG&E Announces Smart Grid Program; Selects GE Energy and Silver Spring Networks

OG&E announced today it has entered into agreements with General Electric Energy (GE) and Silver Spring Networks to handle key aspects of its Positive Energy Smart Grid Program to begin in Norman, Oklahoma next year.

The smart grid program will provide customers with more information to help manage their energy use and save money, without compromising their lifestyles. It also will help OG&E maintain reasonable electricity rates and continue highly reliable delivery of electricity to its customers, the utility said.  

GE will provide Norman with 42,000 smart meters that will measure electricity use in the home or business and transmit the information to OG&E for billing and service monitoring. The information will be communicated via Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Energy Network, a secure, IP-based network.

As part of the Norman deployment, 2-3,000 customers will be recruited to receive information in almost real time regarding the price of electricity by time of day and the amount being used.  The study will measure how many of those customers use price information to alter their energy consumption patterns and to lower their electric bills.

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