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Thought Leaders Speak Out - AES and Uplight (December 2021)
On December 7, 2021 IEI hosted an executive dialogue featuring Annmarie Reynolds, Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at The AES Corporation and Adrian Tuck, CEO at Uplight. The discussion focused on offering customers a one-step sign-up for a flat, monthly bill that includes green energy, energy efficiency, and energy optimization via smart thermostats and using data science to offer customers personalized energy subscriptions at the right time via the Plus App.
Electric Company Smart Meter Deployments: Foundation for a Smart Grid (2021 Update)
This report highlights how electric companies had installed 99 million smart meters as of year-end 2019 and are using smart meter data, underlying communication systems, and technology to support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, engage customers in programs to shift and shape their energy use, support clean energy goals, and enhance energy grid resiliency and operations during severe weather events. We estimate that 107 million smart meters were deployed by end of 2020, covering 75 percent of households, and the 115 million smart meters will be deployed by end of 2021.
Rethinking Energy Efficiency as a Carbon Resource (Sept 2020)
This report explores the key policy and program changes needed to deliver more energy efficiency as a low-cost and flexible resource that is complementary to deep carbon reductions goals and increased electrification. The future of energy efficiency will include new data-driven, customer-centric programs that can accommodate increased electrification and that can be deployed to meet time- and location-dependent grid management needs and clean energy goals.
Technology Partner Roundtable
Anterix delivers game-changing connectivity for critical infrastructure, including next-generation communications platforms to support utilities’ grid modernization and cybersecurity strategies. Anterix partners with utilities and ecosystem vendors to build secure, reliable, cost effective, and customer LTE solutions on its 900 MHz licensed nationwide spectrum.​
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Tech Buzz
Versant Power and Itron collaborate to build the foundation for future customer programs with 160,000 smart meters in Maine
E Source launches OneInform to help electric companies drive the next generation of customer programs
Consumers Energy partnering with Uplight and Google to provide 100,000 smart thermostats to Michigan households during pandemic
Eversource and Oracle Utilities-Opower partner on analytics that identify vulnerable communities and at-risk customers
San Diego Gas & Electric partners with Anterix for Private LTE Spectrum, strengthening the critical communications layer of a digital grid
Together with electric company partners, Powerley has driven more than 100 million customer interactions, deepening customer loyalty and increasing engagement
Smart Meters at a Glance
December 2020
This infographic shows how electric companies are leveraging the more than 99 million installed smart meters in the United States, covering nearly 75 percent of U.S. households as of year-end 2019. Deployments are estimated to reach 107 million smart meters by the end of 2020 and 115 million by year-end 2021.
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Electric Companies Are Committed to a Clean Energy Future: 10 Things You Should Know
April 2021
Electric companies are committed to investing in a clean energy future. In 2020, 40 percent of all electricity generated nationwide came from zero-emission sources like nuclear, hydropower, wind, and solar. Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation were 40 percent below 2005 levels at the end of 2020. Investments in wind and solar energy accounted for 75 percent of all electricity capacity additions in the United States in 2020.
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Energy Efficiency Trends in the Electric Power Industry (2008-2018)
March 2020
This report explores how energy efficiency (EE) programs are a win-win, helping customers to save energy and electric companies to reduce their carbon emissions. In 2018 EE programs saved 211 TWh of electricity, avoided the generation of 149 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, and saved enough electricity to power 26 million U.S. homes for one year. IEI believes that EE expenditures and savings will continue to grow over the next decade as long as participation in EE programs remains an easy option for customers.
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