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Test Communities Seek Conservation, Enhanced Service & Savings
CHICAGO (July 17, 2018) – The smart grid technology that provides ComEd customers more control over energy consumption and costs and improved service is being introduced to water utility customers as three proof of concept projects get underway.
The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network and data management system that provides the information needed for customers to make smarter decisions about energy usage, will be tested with smart water meters in the villages of Northfield and Villa Park and the northern Chicago suburb of Round Lake Beach. Smart water meters, which are read remotely, are being installed beginning the week of July 16 in a limited number of customer homes and businesses. Water customers will continue to receive their water bill from their village or suburban water department.
"The smart grid platform is the foundation for the energy and water nexus,” said Michelle Blaise, senior vice president, Technical Services, ComEd. “It enables us to create a new value stream for municipalities, their residents and business owners as they seek cost efficiencies and more environmentally sustainable water solutions."
Blaise said smart water meters could ultimately eliminate the need for technicians to come into the home to record water usage and help municipalities identify and pinpoint the location of leaks in their water distribution system, mitigating waste and creating potential savings.
"ComEd's project illustrates the power of a standards-based smart grid network that can support multiple applications," said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron, whose communications network supports ComEd's smart meters. "We’re confident that each of these Chicago area communities will realize similar positive results to those we are seeing throughout the world as more and more cities look to gain maximum advantage from their smart meter networks."
Thirty-five percent of U.S. water utilities have adopted automated metering systems and most of those that have not are considering doing so, according to a 2017 study by West Monroe Partners. Findings underscored the growing importance of customer-focused offerings that help customers compare water usage to other households with similar traits, assigning each customer a score and providing easy-to-understand statistics on water usage and definition as to what constitutes normal usage, which can lead to savings and support conservation.
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