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Once the smart meter is installed and two-way communication is established. Practical information is obtained by the capture of the amount of energy consumed in the home and when it is being consumed. And for the utility, the financial and operational improvements are instantaneously realized by enabling the remote connect and disconnect switch.
How is this realized by the utility company? Turning-on or turning-off electricity at a consumer’s home typically cost $50 to $100. Then if you factor in that this activity takes about 3 trips, the turning-on task is performed by a business partner, the turning-off is performed by a 2nd business partner, the business partners need to communicate with the call center agent, we’re looking at an operational savings of at least $300. Moreover, let’s factor in the move-in residence, and the move-out residence. The operational savings seems to keep growing.
How is this realized by the consumer / customer? The consumer needs to plan to generate electricity by implementing solar photovoltaic and distributed storage. In the region of Denmark, the notion of a zero energy house will control energy consumption and will produce their own renewable energy from photovoltaic cells on the roof or generate energy from the small micro-CHP unit in the basement. The intelligent house will be able to store renewable energy and set its own time-of-use (TOU) for its generated power instead of being shackled to the sell-side of the utility’s smart grid / meter infrastructure system.
In America, the DOE have sponsored several intelligent housing projects attempting to achieve zero energy residential communities; a few of them are: