Over the next few years, BGE, Pepco, and possibly other power companies doing business in Maryland will begin to roll out the first phase of what is planned to evolve into a "smart grid" throughout the state. The first phase of the smart grid will be the installation of "smart meters" on homes and businesses. These meters will enable two-way wireless communication between electric meters, gas meters, and the utility companies.
In Maryland, Pepco customers will begin to have new meters installed first, beginning in the summer of 2011. BGE customers will begin to have meters installed in the fall of the same year.
Two way communications, as a first step to a smart grid, carries with it several potential benefits to both consumers and the utility:
BGE and Pepco have posted helpful literature about Smart Grid, and their plans for smart meter installation online:
For more about MEA's role in Smart Grid, e-mail David St. Jean at email@example.com.
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