There’s been a lot of talk lately about the smart grid. At its most basic, the smart grid is a transformation from the current one-way power delivery network to one that is more consumer-interactive. It provides the infrastructure to allow consumers to monitor their energy use more closely and increase their energy efficiency. Think of the world of Thomas Edison combined with the technology of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.
Here at SCE&G we too are exploring and implementing some smart grid technologies. Do customers want to see their energy use in real time? Would that information cause them to regulate their usage? Or, would most find the high tech (like programming that old VCR) too cumbersome? What would such a smart grid cost and would it benefit enough customers to be cost efficient? What would the infrastructure for this type of system require – both for SCE&G and the access point for our customers?
These are just some of the questions we and other utilities are pondering at the moment. As we continue to roll out related programs, we want to ensure the technology is of value to you.
Tell us what you think.