May 4, 2010 WCA Smart Grid

On May 4, 2010 in Palo Alto at PARC, the WCA Smart Grid SIG presented  “Home Energy Management in the Smart Grid World” Vito Longo of Transmission & Distribution World moderated panelists John Lin of Control4 Energy Systems, Ted Reguly of SDG&E, Matthew Smith of Silver Spring Networks and Jennifer Urban of UC Berkeley School of Law.

Most consumers show little interest in changing their energy use behavior, but that has changed in areas where the introduction of smart meters have seen higher utility bills. With the introduction of default Time-Of-Use (TOU) billing systems by 2016, consumers will have to cut their energy use in peak times to cut costs. To deal with that, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled that utilities must give consumers access to their energy usage data by 2012. Home Energy Management (HEM) devices, systems, and services are becoming available so consumers can start cutting costs now.

The panel discussed how power monitors, switches, controllers, displays, and Home Area Network (HAN) devices interact with each other, with service provider web portals, and with the Home Energy Gateway to the AMI infrastructure. The current standards are Homeplug, WiFi or Zigbee. Things may change with the newer Smart Energy Profile 2.0 providing a less complicated and more secure interface that will be easier to upgrade.

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