Monday, December 20, 2010

Mayor Wharton to Conduct News Conference about Smart Meters

Mayor AC Wharton will lead a news conference discussing the advantages of Smart Grid technology, including electric smart meters and in-home electricity monitoring displays, today at 10 a.m. at the residence of Carolyn Smith, in the Orange Mound neighborhood.

Ms. Smith, an MLGW Smart Grid Demonstration volunteer and president of the Orange Mound Civic Organization, has agreed to have her home serve as the site for the Dec. 20 event with Mayor Wharton, members of the Memphis news media, and MLGW Smart Grid Demonstration leaders, including MLGW Project Manager Rick Bowker.

Ms. Smith's smart meter was installed on Nov. 20 in the first large deployment of the 1,000 smart meters that have been installed throughout Shelby County. This was the first step in a three-year project in which volunteers will test the effectiveness of smart meters and in-home energy monitoring devices in helping customers to strategically reduce their consumption of electricity—resulting in a smaller bill every month.

In addition to receiving a new, digital smart meter as a project volunteer, Ms. Smith was randomly chosen to receive one of 500 in-home displays (IHD), which communicates wirelessly with her smart meter, providing almost instantaneous feedback on her electricity status. She will receive her in-home display at the Dec. 20 event, when it will be installed and demonstrated. The IHD has eight different screens to show consumption, demand, cost, trends and other information, plus capabilities to receive customized alert messages from MLGW. The device has a rechargeable battery, so it can be carried throughout the house, placed on a table or hung on a wall for easy viewing.

For continuing news and information about MLGW’s Smart Grid Demonstration, visit the project website at

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