Southern California Edison (SCE) will begin installing smart electric meters at the end of September in the California’s San Joaquin Valley as part of the Edison SmartConnect program. Through the new meters, customers will have access to their daily energy usage data through SCE.com, where they can sign up to receive email, voicemail, or text message alerts to track usage against a budget target in an effort to reduce bills.
Ken Devore, director of SCE’s Edison SmartConnect program, explains, “Over the past several years, we have focused on developing an industry leading smart meter program, including extensive testing of our smart meters and associated systems to ensure their quality and performance. Smart meters will empower our customers to become better managers of their electricity usage through new tools, programs and services that will help them save energy and money, and help protect the environment.”
The majority of the meter installations will take place October through December of 2012 and include the communities of Armona, California Hot Springs, Camp Nelson, Delano, Ducor, Earlimart, Exeter, Farmersville, Goshen, Hanford, Ivanhoe, Lemon Cove, Lindsay, McFarland, Pixley, Porterville, Springville, Strathmore, Terra Bella, Three Rivers, Tipton, Tulare, Tule River Indian Reservation, Visalia and Woodlake.
SCE began introducing the SmartConnect programs and services last year and nearly four million customers now have access to them. Once advanced features are fully activated, SCE’s smart meters will be able to communicate with the next generation of smart thermostats, appliances, and other devices.
To date, SCE has installed more than 4.6 million smart meters and expect that number to each nearly five million residential and small business devices by the end of the year. SCE is partnering with Corix Utilities for most of the installations. Residential customers have the option to choose an Edison SmartConnect meter or a traditional electric meter. Customers who opt out of the program will pay a $75 onetime setup fee and a $10 recurring monthly charge as required by the California Public Utilities Commission.